Through stimulating art activities, educators and parents can harness children’s natural inquisitiveness. Encourage children to engage with open-ended sensory experiences (like Squish and Squeeze) which strengthen problem solving skills as children learn to make sense of their world. Browse our art activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers created by experts in early childhood care and education.
See how children's creativity flourishes with this fun seasonal pumpkin picture activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6. Children may keep their pumpkin pictures abstract, or draw additional embellishments likes stems, vines, or faces!printable Art Seasonal Learning: Fall Individual Child
The natural world is full of color, light, texture, shape, line, sound, and movement, all of which are captivating to the young child. In Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children, Christie Burnett writes, “Helping children to find the beauty in nature; to see outdoor spaces as places of fun, inspiration and recreation; and to learn about the interconnectedness of all elements of the environment can act to spark a child’s nurturing spirit.” This open-ended art activity allows children to create and explore as they weave with gathered natural art materials.Art
Making art with young children is less about the end product (or what it looks like) and more about the process of doing. In Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children, Christie Burnett explains that well-chosen process art experiences unlock unlimited potential for learning, communicating, feeling, and expressing. This drip painting activity will allow children to explore and create freely as they gain cognitive, language, fine-motor, and emotional skills.Art
Many families want to learn ways to support their young child in preparing for kindergarten. Making play materials with children is a great way for families to be creative together. Playdough is one art materials that can easily be cooked in the kitchen with ingredients families likely have on hand. Try this terrific, long-lasting recipe from Kick-Start Kindergarten Readiness today!printable Art
Brought to you by The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6, this fall wreath activity allows children to explore and collect natural items as the seasons change. Discuss with the children what makes autumn different from the other seasons, and make the activity into an enjoyable learning experience. Get the book for more crafty learning activities like this one!printable Outdoor Learning Art Seasonal Learning: Fall Science Individual Child
This nature prints activity, featured in Everyday Play: Fun Games to Develop the Fine Motor Skills Your Child Needs for School, will help your child develop fine motor skills while interacting with nature. Get the book for more fun and easy activities to get your child ready for kindergarten!Summer Learning Outdoor Learning Art Seasonal Learning: Fall Science
Grandparents' Day is this Sunday! Remembering to make time for family can be a challenge, especially when everyone has such busy schedules. But taking your child to spend some quality time with relatives will not only foster family engagement and learning, but will also make their grandparents' day! Stephanie Mueller and Ann Wheeler, authors of 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make, share that "When young children make something unique to give as a special gift for a loved one, they feel proud and successful about what they can do and share. Often these child-made gifts are treasured for years to come." Below you will find instructions for a fun craft kids can easily make and give to their grandparents to show them how special they truly are!Art
Summer is a perfect time to experiment with open-ended outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Open-ended art projects that emphasize process over product help young children develop crucial skills as they interact with others and think creatively. Grab some sidewalk chalk, and try these DIY sidewalk chalk activities to get your preschoolers outside and immersed in play today.Summer Learning Outdoor Learning Art
Looking for some activities that will keep young children stimulated, contribute to their physical and intellectual growth, and that you can enjoy and participate in as well? Try three activities from Banish Boredom by Rebecca Green.Art Science
If you’re looking for infant, preschooler and toddler art projects, Gryphon House’s free activities supplement your current curricula with fun and exciting activities. Through hands-on creative art experiences, children hone skills that help them learn math, science, and literature.
Uncover children’s enthusiasm for creative thinking with art activities for infants and preschoolers. Parents and teachers can encourage healthy early childhood language development by talking throughout the process of each activity. Because children learn language best from slow repetition, parents can use the same activity multiple times to sharpen children’s vocabulary.
Improve toddler and preschoolers’ social skills among their peers with collaborative and engaging art activities that encourage social interaction. Gryphon House art activities challenge children to adapt, interact, and explore by using teacher-inspired art resources.
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