Playing with play dough, painting, drawing, and making collages all spark connections in the brain. Having these experiences will help your child be more successful in school.

Help your child get the most benefit from creating art by:

  • Encouraging him to enjoy the process of making art. At younger ages, it doesn’t matter what the finished product looks like.

  • Providing materials. It’s great if your child has access to crayons, paints, and paper. Household items such as fabric scraps and catalogs are also fun to use when making art.

  • Saying something specific about the artwork. “You used a lot of yellow and blue in your picture.”

  • Hanging his creation on your refrigerator. This tells him what he has made is important to you.

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