I have always wanted my own studio where I would create with children all day long. It’s my dream because art and children are the two things that light me up with the biggest excitement!
One day, when my daughter was about 9 months old, I remembered being so excited to create our first art project together. I organized all the materials by steps and immediately took her to the table after her nap. Wanna know what happened next? She took a quick look, turned around and left! “Did she just ignore my art activity?!” I remember thinking to myself while feeling like a gigantic fail 😰!
My point? I learned that there's no such thing as "age-appropriate art projects" or breaking instructions into small steps when it comes to creating with young children. They certainly don't care about how cute a craft looks nor do they want to be told what and when to create. Meanwhile, all I see on social media are cute arts and crafts and pre-designed sensory bins all aimed at
1. perfecting the craft (project)
2. keeping young children busy...
It’s time we make a change.
Art with young children is about enjoying the present.
Art with young children is about helping them value their own ideas.
Art with young children is meant to be child-led.
Art with young children is about the process not the product.
Creating with young children is a mama’s way of capturing their everyday moments together.
This is how the Thankful Family Art House began.
Thank you so much for joining the Family and I can’t wait to create
with you and your little artist(s).
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