Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: Art is a way your child can tell and think about the things he can do.
PRACTICE: Together with your child make a list of things he can do by himself. Be sure the list includes what he thinks he can do. You can add some things if he agrees.
Once you have a list, let your child draw a picture for each thing. A page can be as detailed or as simple as your child wants (and is able) to make it. He can use pencils, crayons, paints, cut out pieces of paper, pictures from magazines – whatever type of art your child likes.
For example, a shoe can represent him being able to tie his shoes or a big smile that he can brush his teeth. For young children, you can be a helper. Have your child tell you what he wants to have on the page, and you can do the drawing.
Make each drawing be a separate page. Attach the pages together to make a “book.” Have fun giving the book a name. Be sure to share it with friends and family. You can also keep it and add to it over time, if you wish.
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Read the whole story at Kids Need to DO Things, Part 1.