An important aspect of your child’s foundation learning skills is art. This does not mean that you child needs to be on a par with Rembrandt by the age of four. Art actually refers to a wide selection of activities, from colouring and drawing to play dough and music.
As a child, the imagination and developmental capacity is at its most open, particularly during pre-school years. Providing your child with fun, art activities and joining in to make it more fun can help to expand and enhance both the imagination and development. Art will help your child to express herself as well as developing her creative streak and enabling her to explore colours, textures and shapes.
There are many activities that you can choose from, and you should select a variety of activities to give your child a well rounded and balanced foundation. Remember, that children, particularly infants and toddlers, love bright colours, so keep this in mind when deciding upon activities for your child.
Creativity should be encouraged from infancy. Fir your infant child you can get a range of activity centres which will not only keep the baby amused but will also provide fascinating entertainment with a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. One of the best types of activity centre for an infant is the one where the baby has to put each shape into the correct hole. It is a case of trial and error at first, and you will often find square shapes wedged into round holes. However, with a little interaction and guidance from a parent, the infant will soon start to associate each shape with the correct hole. These activity centres often have sound button attached as well, enabling your baby to press various buttons and listen to the noises.
As a toddler, your child will be keen to get some hands on experience. It’s probably not such a good idea to let her run riot with watercolours and play dough just yet. However, this is the age when colouring books, some simple crayons and sticker books can prove fascinating. Your toddler will be able to identify the pictures she is interested in and use colour to bring them to life. Okay, so the princess in the colouring book will have green hair and a blue face for the first few attempts, but again, with a little guidance from you your toddler will soon be identifying the right colours for the job. Sticker books are another good way to help your toddler develop her creativity as she tries to work out which stickers go where. Most sticker story books have stickers that come in different shapes and sizes, so your toddler can have fun working out the shapes as well as relating the picture to the story.
A couple of years on and your child will be ready for the real thing. This is where she will want to experiment with drawing and painting. You could enhance her interest by taking her along to a museum to have a look at some paintings. Again, don’t expect her to be raving over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, but she will probably find the colours and displays entertaining. Apart from paints and drawing, you can introduce activities such as play dough. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to go out and buy it, and then stress about whether your child is going to try and eat it (which child doesn’t do that at some point??) Instead, you can make your own edible play dough, which your child can then shape. You can then cook the shapes and eat them, making the experience even more fun for your child.
There are plenty of activities that your child will love learning from, and with the right combination and some parental guidance you can help your child to develop and enhance her creativity and enjoy the world of shapes, colours, textures and sound.
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