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I'm not an artistic person, at all. My DD4 is, she loves to paint and modify her toys with clay, things she sees on youtube.

 

Isn't interested in coloring or drawing. Most times she would bring coloring pages home to paint. She has no interest in looking at famous painting's or thing's like that.

 

Things will change with age, I'm sure.

 

Just curious what others do.

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My child hates drawing/ painting, etc. One art project per week is all she'll tolerate. Each project (which takes a few days), I try to incorporate painting, gluing, cutting, and stickers (her favorite part, so we save this for the end)

 

Examples:

Snowman - used a qtip to paint snow, glued precut circles for snowmen, added puffy snowflake stickers

 

Jungle - variety of green paint, cut green grass fringe, puffy jungle animal stickers

 

Outer Space - glitter paint, glue sequins, space themes stickers

 

Sky - blue paint, cut sponges into cloud shaped stamps, puffy airplane stickers

 

I get my fancy stickers from the thrift store. Half a large bag from Oriental Trading for $1.

 

We don't do any formal lessons or picture study. At this point, I'm just trying to encourage pre-writing skills and allow experimentation.

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I say go with what your child likes. If she likes paint and clay she might be more tactile. Lean into that. Playdoh, slime, gluing mosaics.

 

Also maybe have her help pick out art supplies. If she's part of the process she might be more interested.

 

I'm a pretty artistic person, but normal arts and crafts kill me. So much mess for so little to show for it. I'd much rather my kid just freely play with art supplies or try to replicate other things he sees in his world than some Pinterest craft that I'll want to throw away. The more personal it is to them the better.

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Make it more about the process of working with different mediums and the pleasure of getting her mind and hands busy than about trying to churn out a particular piece of art.

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I am not at all artistic or crafty. We do Artistic Pursuits. Having the scripted curriculum means it will actually get done. It's been amazing to watch my 4 year old at work. I'd never have thought of having her do a still life study or work with pastels but she loved it. I intended her to tag along as she wanted with her older brother but she's really enjoying it and improving as well. I also bought A Year of Playing Skillfully to add in more messy fun projects.

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If she likes gluing, she might like these Animal Letter Crafts. They're pretty cute. My kids used to like painting (both with brushes and finger-painting) at this age. Sometimes I just let them play. Sometimes I had them tell me something that happened or some place they went. I would jot down the things they said and print out a paper, and then let them paint or draw a picture on the bottom half of the paper. (These were fun to send to grandparents too! And they saved them--when they passed years later, we found many of those early pages we had sent to them--sweet memories.) Have fun!

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