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Quick Tips for Parents

What's that??

What's that??

Sometimes it can be hard to decipher what your child is drawing or creating, even when your child knows exactly what it is. Try asking open-ended questions like "Tell me about your picture".

You can also describe specific actions your child is doing by sayings things like "You're making long lines, I see you are using pink, purple, and yellow." Try describing how your child is using the materials and tools by saying things like, "You are using a rubber stamp", "I noticed you are making small dots" or, "You are using two crayons at the same time!"

Focus on the process, not the product – Encouraging your child in the action of unstructured art helps them build their own motivation to be creative. Part of focusing on the process involves encouraging effort. Letting a child know that you noticed how carefully they were working or how long they spent on a project will go a long way!

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