-Provide the materials, but don't create an image in your mind about your child's finished product. Allow your child to come up with his own masterpiece. Craft kits are can be great fun for kids, but art as unstructured play is not crafting with an expected outcome.
-Work side by side with your child creating your own art, but don't expect your child's work to look anything like your piece.
-If your child becomes frustrated with the process, dialogue with them about how to work out a solution or adjust a technique.
-Display your child's artwork to show you appreciate her creativity.
-If your child is not interested in participating in the art activity, don't force it. Try a new art technique or art materials with the next project.
-Expect it to be messy, and dress your child appropriately. Work in an area of the home, where it easy to clean up.
-For babies and toddlers, think big. When my daughter was younger, I would tape a large sheet of butcher paper to the floor, and she scribbled all over the paper whenever she felt like. We created with chalk on the driveway. We made marks with sticks in the sand and dirt. We painted the tub with washable, soap paint. Sometimes, she only played art for a a few minutes, but that is okay because babies and toddlers have short attention spans.
-The most important strategy for encouraging art as play is to keep art materials accessible to the child. This is important because unstructured play is child directed, and access to art materials allows a child to create whenever she desires. For my daughter's 4th birthday, we assembled an art corner for her, so it would be easier for to create on her own terms.
- Keep it fun and playful.
How do you encourage art as play in your home?
I couldn't end this post without mentioning the artful bloggers who have inspired me and continue to inspire me on my creative journey with Miss E. These are truly creative individuals who understand the process of art with children.
Inspiring Children's Art Bloggers