5 to 6 years
Children take great pleasure in knowing that their drawings and artwork can express a personal feeling, story, or event. At this stage there is very little concern for visual accuracy when they draw. Attempts to help children draw realistically or color inside the lines can discourage them. The process of creating the artwork and the story behind it is what matters for children. Have them explain their drawing. This builds their confidence and communication skills, both linguistically and artistically.
Encouraging artistic growth
- Keep an art journal - Put away the coloring book. Instead, have them keep a book of drawings documenting their favorite family activities, fun places they’ve visited, or strange things they’ve seen. Having them draw from personal experience keeps them interested and tells them that their ideas matter.
- Create a collage - Expand their artistic knowledge by working in collage. Creating a collage builds their organization skills and hones their fine motor skills.
- Build a sculpture - Working in three dimensions is a welcome departure from drawing or painting on a flat surface. Building a sculpture with clay or found objects satisfies a child’s natural desire to learn and explore through their sense of touch.
- Work large - Many children are accustomed to working on standard letter size paper. Simply changing the size of the paper renews their interest in drawing.
Art project ideas using Urban Canvas toys