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The artful parent : simple ways to fill your family's life with art and creativity / Jean Van't Hul.

By: Van't Hul, Jean.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Roost Books, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Edition: 1st edition.Description: xxi, 320 pages : colour illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781590309643; 1590309642.Subject(s): Handicraft for children | Parent and child | Creative activities and seat work | Child artistsDDC classification: 745.5083 Summary: Bring out your children's creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities. 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. This book has all the tools and information needed to encourage your children's creativity through art. You will 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 kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they are 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 a guide for raising an artful family.
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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.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 298-309) and index.

Bring out your children's creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities. 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. This book has all the tools and information needed to encourage your children's creativity through art. You will 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 kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they are 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 a guide for raising an artful family.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. ix)
  • Introduction: Saying Yes to Art (p. xiii)
  • Part 1 Preparing for Art
  • 1 An Exploratory Approach to Art (p. 3)
  • What Is Process Art? Why Is It Creative? (p. 15)
  • 2 Planning for Art (p. 17)
  • 3 Making Space for Art (p. 29)
  • 4 Gathering Art Materials (p. 49)
  • 5 Encouraging Your Budding Artist (p. 79)
  • Connecting with Children through Talking about Their Art (p. 88)
  • 6 Sustaining Inspiration (p. 91)
  • Hummingbirds, Pebbles, and Maps (p. 112)
  • 7 Storing, Displaying, and Sharing the Art (p. 115)
  • Part 2 Artful Activities
  • 8 First Forays into Art (p. 131)
  • Having Fun with Crafts (p. 146)
  • 9 Quick and Easy Art (p. 149)
  • Using Recycled Materials for Art and Craft Projects (p. 165)
  • 10 Getting Fancy (p. 167)
  • Exploring Clay (p. 190)
  • 11 Action Art (p. 195)
  • The Exploration Tool Kit (p. 220)
  • 12 Quiet Activities for Downtime and Transition (p. 223)
  • Playful Exploration of Art Ideas and Materials (p. 240)
  • 13 Art for Playdates, Parties, and Groups (p. 243)
  • Success with Group Art (p. 266)
  • 14 Homemade Art Materials to Make and Enjoy (p. 269)
  • The Natural Artist (p. 294)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 296)
  • Artful Parent Resources (p. 298)
  • Index of Art Activities (p. 310)
  • About the Contributors (p. 316)
  • Photo and Illustration Credits (p. 320)

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Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.