If you're looking for some fun for the entire family, try a little creative expression. Not sure you have the knack? No sweat! You don't need a degree in art to bring out your family's inner artists.
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Art offers a great opportunity to bond, encourage imagination and create new memories when family members participate together. Child development expert Maureen Healy emphasizes the importance of art, especially for children. "Art is the language of children," she explained. "A child learns to communicate, understand and discover his world initially through expressing his unique creativity."
Here are a few ways you can spend some quality time with your family while nurturing their creative side:
Preschool-age kids love to get their hands dirty. Luckily, turning their handprints into pieces of art can be a snap:
Once kids enter grade school, the key message is independence. Through art, they can express their individualism while developing concentration and creative-thinking skills. Here are a few projects they can do with you or on their own:
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As children get older, getting them to jump onto the family-fun bandwagon gets harder. Pique their interest with projects that offer a bit of challenge:
Proud of the work you and your family have created? Don't limit your artwork to a wall. Pick up some printable iron-on paper from your local craft or office supply store, scan your artwork and iron it onto a T-shirt for all to see!
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