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Drawing For Kids… A Doctor’s Perspective

I ran across the article today and thought it was worth republishing.  This article originally published on Parents.com.   Decode Your Child’s Drawings Artwork is filled with insights into your kid’s mind — if you know what to look for. By Martin T. Stein, M.D. from Parents Magazine    Children love to draw, and their work is a reflection of their inner world. Most kids don’t think about or censor their artwork. For the past 40 years, I’ve used children’s drawings as an important part of my pediatric practice. At each well-child visit beginning at 4 or 5 years old, our nurse asks

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How Drawing For Kids Improves Their Writing

This article originally published on:   Want to improve your kids’ writing? Let them draw By Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra We might see drawing as a bit of fun, but the contribution to learning is more than we might think Shutterstock We love our kids’ first drawings. They draw before they write, so their drawings seem somehow miraculous in those early years – their first communication that is permanent and there for all to see. Preschool is all about drawing and painting. Large canvasses of abstract finger paintings give way to recognisable broad stroke figures, houses, and sunny skies.

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Doodle 4 Google Art Contest for Kids: Ireland Winner 2014

 I personally voted for her and I’m so pleased she won! Article originally published on The Irish Times.   Kelly McCabe from Scoil Carmel Junior National School in Firhouse Co Dublin named overall winner for jungle design Dublin student Kelly McCabe from Scoil Carmel Junior National School was named the overall winner of the sixth annual Doodle 4 Google competition today. Kelly’s winning doodle beat off competition from 74 regional finalists and will be seen by millions of users when it appears on the Google Ireland homepage this Wednesday March 26th. Kelly, aged eight, was presented with her award at a

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New “Valentine” Art Contest For Kids: I (Heart) My Pet Art Contest

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! I received an email today announcing a new art contest for kids I’d like to share with you. I (Heart) My Pet Art Contest Sponsored by: Frankie’s Friends Here are the contest details from their website: Frankie’s Friends I ♥ My Pet Kids Art Contest* Five winning entries will receive Amex gift cards and all winning artwork will be printed on Frankie’s Friends tribute cards! It’s easy! 1) Create a drawing or painting that shows us how much you love your pet. Entries may be in color or black-and-white, in any medium you choose,

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Art Contest – Doodle 4 Google 2014 is Here!

  Special email announcement from Google: Calling all young dreamers: Doodle 4 Google 2014 is now open for submissions. This year, we’re encouraging young artists to think big when they create their own Google doodle based on the theme: “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” The winning doodle will be featured on the Google homepage for a day for millions to see. The winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. If that’s not cool enough, this year—for the first

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Art Contests For Kids – February 2014

Art contests are a great way to give your children an opportunity to share their art.  Even if they’re not selected as a winner, encourage them to be proud for entering and sharing their art with others. Encouraging our kids to draw, paint, and create is so important.  If your children are not interested in drawing & painting, encourage them to express their creativity in the areas that interest them most. It could be writing, building things, singing, etc.  All of our children are creative and as parents it’s our job to support and encourage them along the way. See

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