Using Art to Learn Your Child’s Wishes (1-31-15)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:       Art is a way your child can share his imagination and wishes.

PRACTICE:  Together with your child make a list of things he wishes he could do. Some might be all pretend – like flying or touching the moon. Others might be real things he can’t do now but wishes he could learn to do – like play soccer or ride a bike.

Once there is a list, let your child draw a page 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 he likes.

For example, a stick figure in the sky can be him flying or a wheel could represent his bike. For a young child, you can be his helper. Have him tell you what he wants to have on the page and you can draw it for him.

Attach the pages together to make a “book.”  Have fun giving the book a name. Be sure to share it with friends and family.

If he made a book earlier this month (Art about What Your Child Can DO), he will now have one that is about what he can already do and one about what he wishes he can do.

Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THE THINGS I CAN DO.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Kids Need to DO Things, Part 1.



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