Provide paper and markers or crayons, as well as sensory art materials.
Draw pictures together. Let the child draw independently for a minute. The adult can then draw something simple, such as a house, sun, and a flower. This will suggest to the child to try the same type of effort. This can also be done with finger paints.
The child may make a circle for a sun and may add radiating lines. He will also attempt to draw straight lines.
Although they may be messy, tactile art projects are fun and introduce new categories to the child. If early childhood educators and parents play with the child the child can learn new descriptive vocabulary (soft, squishy, flat, round, etc.) Impress upon early childhood educators and parents the importance of children experiencing different types of art and play materials and textures.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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