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Effective Art and Math Centers Assignment 06 EC440 Creative Environments for Learning Samantha Ruiz March 23, 2016 Most of us instinctually know that art is important for children. Those of us who work with children regularly can see that they get deeply involved in art
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and witness the enjoyment kids get from exploring different materials, textures, techniques and projects. Even beyond what we instinctually notice, feel and believe, there is a large body of research supporting the idea that art is invaluably important to children's development. Creating and exploring artistic projects expands kids' ability to interact with the world around them and helps them build and fine tune skills needed for self-expression and communication. Art may seem like fun and games, which it is, but what many people do not realize is that kids are actually learning a lot through participating in openly expressive, creative activities. Children actually develop valuable life skills through free expression and artistic activities! Painting, coloring, sculpting, drawing, and other forms of creative art are an important part of the child care curriculum. Creating art supports young children's development across several different domains. Using art tools helps children develop small muscle coordination and control. Children can practice thinking skills by experimenting with color, texture, and design. Art gives children an opportunity to express their ideas and feelings, relieves tension, and provides limits for self-discipline. Art allows children to achieve and expand their creativity. Setting Up the Art Center A toddler room may have an art center with some materials available to children throughout the day. A toddler art center might include fat crayons and paper that children can select and use independently (with adult supervision, of course). Messier materials, such as paint and glue, or
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