Visual Arts

How do your kids learn through drawing, painting and looking?

Visual Arts

There's a reason that kitchens everywhere are adorned with artwork made by preschool children rather than by their parents. Young children are so spontaneous and expressive in their artwork that it really seems that we grownups are the ones who should be taking lessons from them. But what's really fun is making and looking at art together. Show them pictures in books, museums, or your own albums and be amazed at what they notice. Set up an art corner in your house, and be delighted by the stream of strange and lovely images they produce. Looking for more ways to develop your own little artist's skills and spark her creativity? Let's see what she can do already, and where her imagination might take her next.

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Core Skills for Visual Arts

Click on the skills below to see what you can do at home to help your child develop essential art skills.

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    Identify and use different lines: straight, zigzag, curved, wavy, thick, thin (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Silly Snails
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to identify and use different lines (e.g., straight, zigzig, curved, etc.), while fostering fine motor skills with this snail decorating activity
    FREE Learn More Three Beetles
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to identify and use different lines (e.g., straight, zigzig, curved, etc.), while fostering fine motor skills with this beetle decorating activity
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Circles in the Sand
    Parent Created Activity
    Looking for something new and different to encourage learning while playing outside with your child? Create your own "learning board" out of sand. If you do not have a ...more
    FREE Learn More Share a Drawing
    Parent Created Activity
    Take turns drawing with your child. One person begins by drawing a line, squiggle, zig-zag, circle, square, etc. The next person adds a line, squiggle, etc. Drawing ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $169.99 Learn More My Creative Center
    The perfect art table for a young artist or two! Comes with 2 benches, paper roll holder and an 18? x 75? roll of white drawing paper, paper cutter, canvas ...more
    $8.00 Learn More Many Moons
    Princess Lenore is ill from eating too many raspberry tarts. She believes that possessing the moon is the only thing that will cure her. Despite a command from the King, ...more

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    Observe how colors can create different feelings and how certain colors can seem "warm" (red, orange, yellow) and other can seem "cool" (blue, green, purple) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Warm or Cold?
    Expert Created Activity
    Use the pictures on this workbook page to support your child's understanding of how certain colors can create different feelings of warmth or coolness.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Cool Ice Cube Painting
    Parent Created Activity
    During this activity, help your child to observe how colors can create different feelings and how certain colors can seem "cool" (blue, green, purple). Sprinkle a small amount (about ...more
    FREE Learn More All Things Green
    Parent Created Activity
    Cut out pictures from magazines of things that are green. Paste them onto a piece of cardboard to make a collage. This is a great way to introduce your child ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $169.99 Learn More My Creative Center
    The perfect art table for a young artist or two! Comes with 2 benches, paper roll holder and an 18? x 75? roll of white drawing paper, paper cutter, canvas ...more
    $12.95 Learn More A Color of His Own
    Perhaps your child has found a favorite color. Perhaps that color is so imporant in his life that he won't wear any other color. Perhaps that makes laundry ...more

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    Attend to visual detail of objects and images (e.g., play games requiring matching of like images such as dominoes, identify the color of objects from nature when not in view (sky-blue). (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More I Spy
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's attention to visual detail as you play this game of I Spy.
    99 ¢ Learn More Just Add Color
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's attention to visual detail as she colors this coloring page.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Sunflower Still Lifes
    Parent Created Activity
    Put one or two sunflowers in a vase. Provide your child with green and yellow paint and brushes, and ask him/her to paint a picture of the sunflower(s). ...more
    FREE Learn More Shoebox Diorama
    Parent Created Activity
    Almost all kids have little plastic animal figurines. This project gives your child something new to do with them. Take some old magazines and catalogs, and cut out ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $16.99 Learn More Tea Party Game
    Perhaps your little one needs a refresher course on the basics of tea party etiquette. Or perhaps she and her friends are so enamored of their f?s that they just ...more
    $12.99 Learn More Life on Earth Memory Game
    You remember laying on the floor playing "Memory" as a kid, don't you? It's a fantastic brain waker-upper, masquerading as a great way to pass time. Rainy day, sunny day, ...more

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    Explore and create, using various art forms, media and techniques (e.g., tear, fold, paste, tape, etc.) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More My Favorites
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's creativity and fine motor skills as you use magazines to create a collage for this activity.
    99 ¢ Learn More Taking A Hike
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's creativity, fine motor skills, and early writing strokes with this activity that has him drawing canes for the hikers.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Spider Webs
    Parent Created Activity
    Create your own spider webs to hang from the ceiling! Prepare 1 cup cooked spaghetti noodles and let them cool. Then pour some glue into a bowl. ...more
    FREE Learn More Paper Plate Spiders
    Parent Created Activity
    Create some homemade spiders this Halloween. Have your child draw spider faces on paper plates. Then cut strips of black construction paper for the legs. Have your ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $169.99 Learn More My Creative Center
    The perfect art table for a young artist or two! Comes with 2 benches, paper roll holder and an 18? x 75? roll of white drawing paper, paper cutter, canvas ...more
    FREE Learn More Alex My Wooden Flower Press - 7" X 7"

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    Develop an appreciation for art (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Make A Snail
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's appreciation of art as she create's a snail collage in the style of Henri Matisse's Snail. For a photo of Mattise's Snail, see http://www.henry-matisse.com/snail.html
    99 ¢ Learn More Imagine If
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's ability to assume a different role and express a variety of possibilities as you Imagine if...with these guiding pictures and prompts.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Sponge Painting
    Parent Created Activity
    Cut several sponges into simple shapes: rectangles, triangles, circles, squares. You can get fancy and make a few stars or fish too! Use the sponges to ...more
    FREE Learn More Museum I Spy
    Parent Created Activity
    Every time we go to the art museum, we always play I Spy. We bring an art book or two (or when traveling abroad, we make color copies from ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $169.99 Learn More My Creative Center
    The perfect art table for a young artist or two! Comes with 2 benches, paper roll holder and an 18? x 75? roll of white drawing paper, paper cutter, canvas ...more

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    Observe and talk about art (e.g., first impressions, what the picture makes the child think and feel, lines and colors, etc.) (show details)

    Sample Books and Toys
    $6.95 Learn More On An Island with Gauguin
    $6.99 Learn More Katie Meets the Impressionists
    "This British import pays joyful homage to the world of the Impressionists. When Katie and her grandmother visit an art museum to celebrate the elder's birthday, the girl wanders into ...more
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