Listen….Van Gogh ain’t got nuffin’ on my kid!
I already shared Rohan’s garbage truck masterpiece here, but I didn’t really let you know what an art-filled life we lead here in the OKDani household.
The promise of painting is one of the few things that can stop a tantrum immediately. Unfortunately, that leads to “cave art” on my wallswhen Rohan is feeling artistic (or destructive, depending on how you look at it) on a whim, but usually it’s harnessed in a positive way.
We color, or paint or do sidewalk chalk every single day. John and I draw trucks for him to color in, about 7000 to 8000 times a day. He creates dough sculptures daily, and asks to play with his doughall the time.
Recently he learned to use a glue stick….
I took “glue stick day” as an opportunity to introduce Roey to a show called Creative Galaxy from Amazon. It’s by the same people who created Rohan’s #1 favorite show: Super Why!
(Interesting to note, Rohan does not speak to the TV, and answer questions when asked, unless it’s Super Why… but he quickly answered the Creative Galaxy character, Arty, when he asked for help! I was surprised)
Creative Galaxy teaches about art in a really interesting way. It’s an interactive show, and they have the main story line going that your child is “helping” with, but throughout the episode, lots of little offshoot teaching moments are sprinkled in. If you’re a person who watches shows with your kids you’ll appreciate it too, and find lots of opportunities to expand on what the show is sharing.
For Roey, this show is perfect. He’s big into the planets, solar system, stars etc and like every toddler he loves to do arts and crafts so it works out well.
I don’t consider myself an artist but I want to be sure to raise my children as artists from early on. I want them to remain creative forever. Right now I’m doing all I can to have Roey create and appreciate art.
Some things John and I are trying:
- daily creative/artwork as mentioned above: painting, play doh, crayons for drawing and coloring, etch a sketch, artistic learning apps on the ipad, building w/ blocks, sidewalk chalk for outside, etc.
- bookmark age-appropriate arts n crafts ideas on Pinterest so we can come back to it when we have the right tools
- play “hidden item” types of games with art pieces, or in things we can view artisticlaly, like a rug with many colors in a design, or in a garden, we’ll find alphabet letters…forcing him to look at things in a new way.
- watch programs with an artistic theme Ex: I found an episode of a show he likes that was teaching about primary colors
- making Roey tell us a story and we “illustrate” it on the etch a sketch (his story is always about a vehicle or a lion)
Which reminds me, one thing I loved about Creative Galaxy was that they didn’t “dumb down” the content because it was for pre-schoolers. They explained pointalism! Which led me to teach Roey about stippling, and then led him to stab a million holes in a paper in an attempt to do it on his own… (Why’d I give an inkpen to my 2 year old? I don’t know.)
I recommend Creative Galaxy to anyone with pre-school aged kids, or even a little earlier, if they’re open learners. They’ll get a ton out of it. Rohan copies John and takes his tools out to “fix” everything. He’ll be working with a screwdriver on the side of a chair for example and will say “Ohhh I see the problem, I will FIX IT!!!” very excitedly. Since watching Creative Galaxy, he now says. “Oh I see the problem…I will fix it… WITH ART!!!” like Arty does….but he still uses his screwdriver lol.
How do you add art into your kids’ day?
Any pointers for me?!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.