- Have a water source nearby for easy cleanup.
- Focus on the child's own creations, rather than a specific art project.
- Encourage the process of art, rather than worrying about the product.
- Provide a wide variety of art materials to your child, one or two at a time.
- Allow your child lots of time and don't rush them through their art.
- Provide positive reinforcement, not suggestions on how they can do it "better."
- Never do it FOR your child.
- Teach your child the care and use of art materials.
- Try to relax while they create freely, but supervise nearby in case of a major spill.
- Don't overreact if the art area becomes "messy."
- Display completed artworks at the child's eye level so they can appreciate it too.
- Encourage the little artist to "sign their name."
- Document the child's thoughts about the creation on an index card and display them together.
- Keep flat art creations in a folder, with dates, to see how your child's skills progress over time.
- Remember that even Picasso started out scribbling!
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