Increasing levels of independence

Put a supply of art materials in an easy-to-reach place so your child can create art projects whenever she chooses. Practice in getting, using and returning materials will help your child become more responsible.

Growing up involves increasing levels of independence in many tasks. Independent use of art materials helps prepare her for responsible use of other materials.

Begin by planning an art area with your child. A few questions to consider might be:

Can we create a storage place where she will be able to reach a small stack of paper and boxes of pens, pencils and crayons?

- During what part of the day may the art area be used freely?

- Is there a trash can nearby?

- Who will help to hang up the finish work?

Set up the art area with appropriate supplies and discuss guidelines with your child.

Make sure you remain available if needed, but otherwise, encourage her to work independently.

To learn more about how arts and crafts help teach problem solving, independence, patience and more, READ "Why Use Crafts and Learning Activities to Teach?"