Human Growth & Development · Learning Environments & Curriculum

Week of the Young Child – Artsy Thursday

Today is Artsy Thursday

in the Week of the Young Child #woyc19 – working with NAEYC to promote the well-being and positive development of all children!


Art is a complicated topic in early childhood education. Parents often want that cute little craft that looks a little bit like a frog, however the process should take a front seat in the activity. But what exactly does that mean?

It means that teachers should be providing children with an opportunity to create whatever moves them. They should refrain from using samples or examples. Materials should be provided that can be used in different ways so that children have the freedom to experiment. The goal is creativity.

Creativity is defined by as: “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like to create meaningful new ideasforms, methods, interpretations; originality”. When we allow children to explore the materials and experiment with various uses, we foster a sense of creativity. It’s all about the experience!

For example, try some of the activities below:

  • finger painting
  • collage work
  • easel painting
  • clay
  • drawing
  • using unusual tools for painting

And these are just few ideas.

For more information, NAEYC published a great article; How Process-Focused Art Experiences Support Preschoolers. Click here to go to the article.

So go ahead – dig into the messy stuff and have a creative day!

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