The following review is by contributor Catherine Way of Adventures With Kids.
Have you ever wished you had some new ideas for art experiences beyond playdough, drawing with crayons and painting on an easel?
Do you ever wish art wasn’t so messy and time consuming?
Have you ever wondered how to motivate your young child to get involved in art experiences?
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The ebook – Art not Craft: The Process of Learning Creatively – can help with all these questions and more. The book, written by parenting blogger and early childhood educator, Christie Burnett of Childhood 101, is full of ideas to inspire you to look at, talk about and make art with your child.
Art experiences are important for young children. Creating art involves sensory stimulation that develops brain connections important for learning. Creating art helps children organise and communicate their thoughts, solve problems and develops their motor skills.
We all want our children to grow into intelligent socialised adults who make a meaningful contribution to their society. We put a lot of thought, time and effort into ensuring they develop academically, socially and even physically, but often put much less emphasis on their creative development.
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The Art not Craft ebook makes the process of setting up and trying new art experiences with your child so easy that there is no excuse to neglect this important area of early learning.
The book gives age appropriate project ideas and ways to vary materials to create new experiences in
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The book focuses on helping you use and introduce the materials to your child. This leaves you and your child plenty of space to be creative with the method and materials and create your own unique and wonderful products.
There are also suggestions for talking with your child as they make different types of art – helping you avoid that awkward “It’s not a bowl, it’s an upside down turtle” experience. And there are suggestions for seeing and exploring the work of other artists in books, at the art gallery and in day-to-day life.
I love doing art projects with my children (despite the mess). I find it calms them and me and we get a great chance to talk as we are creating. Art not Craft has inspired me with many new ways to use the materials we already have, and the confidence to explore a bit more with some art materials I’m less familiar with like clay or watercolour paints.
It is always wonderful to share art experiences with your child. You will be fascinated at how creative they are and can gain amazing insight into their world view through sharing art experiences together. If you are hesitant to do creative art projects with your child, I encourage you to get this book and get started making art.
Three lucky Simple Kids readers will win a copy of Art not Craft.
Simply leave a comment on this post answering the question: What do you like or dislike about creating art with your child?
We will draw the names of three winners from those who leave a comment and they will be emailed a link to download Art not Craft. This giveaway will end at Midnight EST on Saturday May 21, 2011. Good Luck! This giveaway has now closed. Thank you!