Two years ago (wow has it really been that long?) I was at Babies R Us feeling overwhelmed about what to register for my first baby. My therapy with kiddos had been with ages 4 and up- so I was totally clueless about babies.
So what did I do? I joyfully went around scanning the things I knew...
TOYS AND ART SUPPLIES.
Forget the bottles and diapers- I was ready to PLAY!
My friends laughed at me when they saw the random list of items and probably were a bit concerned of my cluelessness (is that a word even?) about the needs of infants.
But I just knew that one day I would incorporate art and play in the daily lives of my children.
That is important to me.
I really believe a child (supervised) is never too young to engage in some form of expressive art.
It is a way that they can explore their world, process their feelings, build their self-esteem, and learn about their surroundings. Here are some things we learned in this 10 minute moment of drawing.
#1 Learning to SHARE and ENGAGE with others
#2 BONDING with each another
#3 LEARNING about the colors as he repeated them to me.
#4 Practicing on the FINE MOTOR skills
#5 Feeling PROUD of his accomplishments
For those of you who are wondering what we are coloring with...I discovered these babies.
They are triangular to help with little man's grip and they also don't need a lid (the ink is inside)- all you do is press down and the ink then comes to the surface! They are fabulous!
Now go and add some art in your daily life!