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The artful parent : simple ways to fill your family's life with art and creativity
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In 2008, Van't Hul combined her two passions-visual arts and her growing family-into a blog, the Artful Parent. In her first book, she presents parents and caregivers with a handbook to introducing young children (roughly toddlers through elementary school) to art and creativity. The author has an intuitive feel for what children like, including tried-and-true favorites such as homemade Play-Doh, as well as more unexpected projects. At times, the text falls prey to the all-too-common mommyblogger "perfect family" trap, which can be frustrating to parents who don't quite measure up, but readers who tire of Van't Hul's extensive descriptions of art playgroups and special spaces for creating can focus on the projects instead. VERDICT Parents, teachers, and child-care providers will all find useful ideas and inspiration here. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
<br> Bring out your children's creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of <br> <br> Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children's creativity through art. You'll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions. <br> <br> The more than sixty engaging kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they're a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.
Table of Contents
Foreword    MaryAnn F. Kohlp. ix
Introduction: Saying Yes to Artp. xiii
Part 1Preparing for Art
1An Exploratory Approach to Artp. 3
What Is Process Art? Why Is It Creative?    MaryAnn F. Kohlp. 15
2Planning for Artp. 17
3Making Space for Artp. 29
4Gathering Art Materialsp. 49
5Encouraging Your Budding Artistp. 79
Connecting with Children through Talking about Their Art    Judith Rubinp. 88
6Sustaining Inspirationp. 91
Hummingbirds, Pebbles, and Maps    Susan-Marie Swansonp. 112
7Storing, Displaying, and Sharing the Artp. 115
Part 2Artful Activities
8First Forays into Artp. 131
Having Fun with Crafts    Cassi Griffinp. 146
9Quick and Easy Artp. 149
Using Recycled Materials for Art and Craft Projects    Maya Donenfeldp. 165
10Getting Fancyp. 167
Exploring Clay    Cathy Weisman Topalp. 190
11Action Artp. 195
The Exploration Tool Kit    Keri Smithp. 220
12Quiet Activities for Downtime and Transitionp. 223
Playful Exploration of Art Ideas and Materials    Rachelle Doorleyp. 240
13Art for Playdates, Parties, and Groupsp. 243
Success with Group Art    Julie Liddlep. 266
14Homemade Art Materials to Make and Enjoyp. 269
The Natural Artist    Diana Mercerp. 294
Acknowledgmentsp. 296
Artful Parent Resourcesp. 298
Index of Art Activitiesp. 310
About the Contributorsp. 316
Photo and Illustration Creditsp. 320
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