Unleashing the power of a child’s imagination through art can yield some of the most impressive displays to understand your little one. We’ve all had coloring books when we were growing up where crayons were worn down to the nub.
However, there are far more mediums available that you can use with your child that can provide a great amount of entertainment and let him or her flex the imagination. Art should be enjoyed and exposing your child to different mediums could help them discover which his or her favorite is.
- Colored Pencils - Colored pencils can be a great deal of fun for a child. It acts like a crayon, but it’s a pencil instead. Although some of these sets can be expensive, there are cheap alternative brands in order to help your child start out. Colored pencils can also be cleaner around the home as it’s more difficult to break them. How often have you vacuumed up small broken bits of crayon?
- Finger-Paints - Using finger-paints is an incredibly fun activity for the child. Instead of using a method such as a crayon or a pencil, your fingers become the tool to spread color around the canvas. Although this activity can be incredibly messy as well, the entertainment value to your child is reason enough to let them experience it as often as they wish. Just make sure you lay down a cloth or plastic sheet before you get started or more than the canvas will wind up showing your child’s artistic touch.
- Water Colors - Although not as messy as finger-paints, using water colors does have its hazards towards furniture and clothing. Any number of problems can arise during this activity, but it’s still a fun way to spend an afternoon with your child. Water colors may be more difficult to accomplish the detail a child wishes to portray in a picture. Colors don’t stand out like they do in other mediums, but that is the sheer beauty of this style. Teach your child that each medium provides a unique look and feel to a project.
- Pastels - Working with pastels is a bit different than other mediums. While it has its own level of messiness, it is far cleaner than using painting of any type. Pastels can be a bit difficult to master, but the whole purpose surrounding the activity is interaction, not publication. You’re not looking for museum quality works of art here, although it is helpful in the development of your child to turn your home into a gallery of his or her artwork.
- Markers - One thing that parents don’t consider when working with markers is the inevitable bleed-through of ink. It is always best to make sure you are using a cheap clipboard or some other material under the paper. Markers can be used to create a more cartoon feel to a piece of art. It’s more difficult to blend colors together, but that isn’t the purpose. The purpose is to allow a child’s imagination to create his or her own vision of what they would like to see.
The purpose of spending time with your child developing art isn’t to create a replication of Picasso. You want to broaden a child’s view of art and how the imagination can become immortalized. Posting artwork on the walls of your home can show your child that you are proud of what he or she had accomplished, which is all they really want as they grow – your approval.
[About the author: This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for www.4nannies.com. She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: christine.4nannies @ gmail.com.]