The Value of Art For The Preschool

There are many reasons that art is such an important part of the preschool experience for your child!

Art Promotes Creativity

Both at home and at school helping children become more creative is a goal we all need to strive for—We need to help our children become more creative regardless of where their creativity will be used.

As parents we know that even siblings are highly individual. No two youngsters express themselves the same way. Creativity brings out the child’s personality and that is of great value to the developing child.

When parents view their child’s artwork, realize the creative process your child was involved in is the most important thing.  In other words, the process is more important than the product!

So, simply stated the goals of art for preschoolers is to:

Express their thinking, knowledge and ideas;

Explore, try out, and create with new and different kinds of media;

Experiment with colors, lines, forms, shapes, textures, and designs;

Express feelings and emotions;

Be creative.

Parents and teachers both have many opportunities to help children to develop mentally, socially and emotionally through art. Art promotes creativity, but it does so much more! Art builds self-confidence, teaches task analysis and participate in group work as well as individuals.

Parents may encourage their children to experiment with art products in the following ways:

Avoid coloring-book-type line drawings or workbooks.

Enjoy your child’s art work and tell them so.

Accept a child’s creative products without placing a value judgment on the item.

Make positive comments as to how the child solves a problem in relating to his work.

Art Builds Self-Confidence

Parents who encourage the creative skills of pretending, imaginative thinking, fantasizing and inventiveness help their child deal with the world in which they live. These skills will help in problem solving, getting along with others and understanding their world. When used in art and other areas, these skills build self-confidence–essential for now and for the future.

Help your child feels good about her art projects.

Encourage your child to verbalize the different ways they used art materials.

Find a special place to display your child’s work.

Encourage our child to share their products with the extended family and friends.

Materials List for Art Projects

To help your child to enjoy art at home provide an interesting assortment of materials and the child’s creativity will follow. Look for castoffs, natural resources and throw-aways. These are often the most suitable for art projects. Store small items in clear plastic shoeboxes for easy identification. Place on low shelves easily accessible for children.

Suggested materials include:

Acorns

Chalk (colored) and crayons

Chenille stems

Cotton balls

Cupcake liners

Egg cartons

Egg shells, crushed

Fabric swatches

Felt tip markers

Magazine and catalogs

Newspapers

Paper (variety of colors and textures)

Sand, salt, sawdust

Seed pods

Stickers

Straws (drinking)

Styrofoam curls and pieces

Tempera paint

Tissue paper (colored)

Toothpicks

Wallpaper books

Yarn and string

Art Ideas:

Creative art can’t be saved for a specific time. Consider it as part of a child’s day.  Some of the following ideas can be tried::

String Painting–Dip short lengths of string into tempera. Place between a folded paper and pull.

Finger Painting–Use slick paper for project. Apply finger or whole hand approach.

Straw Painting–Use slick paper, drops of paint and blow with straws for a design.

Tissue Collage–Place pieces of torn tissue on a sheet of construction paper. Paint over with liquid starch. Allow to dry.

Textured Painting–Add ingredients, such as crushed eggshells, sawdust, sand or coffee grinds and a small amount of glue to paint. Draw a simple design on paper. Sprinkle the mixture on the design and shake off the excess.