When four-and-a half year old Chloe gets cranky, her mother knows exactly what to do – bring out the sand art. “It’s like magic if she’s in a bad mood,” says mom Michelle of Bedford, MA. “It makes her feel better instantly.”
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Approaching art as a story helps kids open up. Thinking about the animal or main character awakens children’s curiosity, helping them engage with the art on a more personal level. Making up a story enables children to relax and bring their daily experiences, along with their imaginations, into their art.
A message from Jan
After 24 years of running a hands-on arts & crafts studio, I’ve been involved in thousands of art experiences with children and families. My brain’s creative thinking side sometimes provides me with some inspirational thoughts which I share here with you.