The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8

by Jean Van't Hul
     
 


Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com. 

Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing

Overview


Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com. 

Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions. 

The more than sixty engaging kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In 2008, Van't Hul combined her two passions—visual arts and her growing family—into a blog, the Artful Parent. In her first book, she presents parents and caregivers with a handbook to introducing young children (roughly toddlers through elementary school) to art and creativity. The author has an intuitive feel for what children like, including tried-and-true favorites such as homemade Play-Doh, as well as more unexpected projects. At times, the text falls prey to the all-too-common mommyblogger "perfect family" trap, which can be frustrating to parents who don't quite measure up, but readers who tire of Van't Hul's extensive descriptions of art playgroups and special spaces for creating can focus on the projects instead. VERDICT Parents, teachers, and child-care providers will all find useful ideas and inspiration here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590309643
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
481,577
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

Jean Van’t Hul, mother of two, lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. She has been writing about children’s art and creativity on her blog, The Artful Parent, since 2008. A graduate of Wellesley College with a major in art history and studio art, Jean worked in various art and nonprofit fields before devoting her time to writing and raising kids. She loves to share process-oriented art, seasonal crafts, and joyful learning opportunities with her own daughters and through her children’s art groups, her magazine articles, and on her blog. To see what artful adventures her family is up to, visit www.ArtfulParent.com.

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