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Express yourself! Today’s Week of the Young Child 2022 theme, Artsy Thursday is such a fun way to help connect and build school readiness skills. Creating art expands a child’s ability to interact with the world around them and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication.

SUPER SKILL BUILDER | Giving kids the chance to make art helps them develop motor, language, and social skills. It helps strengthen their decision-making abilities and encourages risk-taking and creativity.

ALL KINDS OF VISUAL ART | Give children safe, age-appropriate materials in a variety of media. Drawing, painting, building with clay, collage, and fabric art are all fun types of art to explore..

DISCUSS | Invite children to talk about the art they create. Engage, but don’t push – remember, they may not have words for their creations or may not want to describe them.

NOTICE, DON’T JUDGE | Make specific, nonjudgmental comments about what they have done. (“You put a lot of feathers in this corner.”).

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso

ART IN MOTION | Don’t forget drama, dance, comedy and creative movement when you think about art. Act out a story, make up a dance, get kids out of their seats and moving creatively!

MAKE ART FROM ANYTHING | You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be an artist. Anyone can be creative, whether it’s in visual art, music, or dance, using materials easily found at home. This brochure from November 2019 can show you how.

How do you get creative? Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to show us your art!

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