Make sure your summer schedule includes lots of artistic adventures. Create, explore, and celebrate the arts in your area; you might be surprised how many opportunities exist to color your child's world! Here are three activity ideas you and your child can try this summer.
Activity #1: Details, details! Before you walk into a museum or exhibit, hand your kid sketchbook and markers or pencils with these instructions: “Write down, sketch, or draw anything you see that makes you FEEL something.” This gives kids a sense of purpose and encourages them to notice how specific details—color, materials, sounds, instruments, facial expressions—evoke different emotions.
Activity #2: Memory making! Create an arts scrapbook with your kids! After each arts event or exhibit you attend together, write down your kids’ favorite sights and sounds. Ask them questions like “what did you see or hear today that you liked the most?” or “what’s one thing you learned today that you want to remember for a long time?” Then transcribe their responses and stick it in your scrapbook. Add photos, ticket stubs or brochures. You’ll have a wonderful keepsake that only took minutes to make.
More creative questions to ask your kids:
Activity #3: Lights, camera, action! After attending a concert, dance performance or play, encourage your kids to stage their own shows back at home. Your superstars might even want to create tickets and fliers for family, friends, and neighbors. Here are a few fun ways for them to step into the spotlight: