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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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Art Contests For Kids – December 2013

  Art contests are a great way for children to share their creativity.  I scour the web to find what I think are the best contests for kids and share them with you! See my other contest posts here.   “Animal Rescue” Kids’ Art Contest We’re asking our young “Animal Rescue” fans (age 16 and under) to send us drawings of their favorite animals. Every month we will select one drawing to post on our website. The winner and five runners-up will receive an official “Animal Rescue” Prize Package. Only U.S. residents are eligible for prizes. Send your artwork, along with your name,

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Printmaking For Kids – From Drawing to Print with Eye Can Art!

    We had the pleasure of reviewing an art kit for kids by Eye Can Art. Eye Can Art has a line of eight different art kits that come complete with directions and supplies inside the can! I ran across Eye Can Art on Twitter and was excited to see these fabulous art kits are created by two passionate moms like myself that wish to share art with kids. Special Announcement!  Eye Can Art has been generous enough to allow me to give away another kit to one of my lucky readers! To enter the giveaway:  Please leave a comment below

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Drawing With Liquid Chalkers

  My daughter and I had the privilege to use and review Liquid Chalkers by Paper and Twine. I was so excited to use these new markers as I’ve never really used anything more than dry erase markers and the usual crayons, markers, pencils, etc. I have to honestly say that I don’t really care for traditional “chalk”.  I just can’t stand the scratchy feeling and sounds when using it on our little chalkboard and the dust as well! I was delighted to give these new Liquid Chalkers a good try out.   This post contains affiliate links.  There is

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Drawing Fun With The Big Draw LA

    Today we made our way to the Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles for a community drawing event – The Big Draw LA.  The beautiful Grand Park is nestled among the city buildings in the heart of downtown.  I’ve been looking for a chance to visit this park and today was the day!  I always like visiting downtown on the weekend to avoid the crowds and traffic. The weather was gorgeous today!  My daughter and I made our way to one of the many tables of supplies and helped ourselves to a little basket of drawing materials.  We

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The Big Draw LA – Drawing Activities For Kids

  I’ve just discovered my new favorite charity, The Campaign for Drawing. Information from their website: THE CAMPAIGN FOR DRAWING The Campaign for Drawing has one aim: to get everyone drawing! Drawing helps us to understand the world, think, feel, shape and communicate ideas. It is fun, accessible and invaluable – in education and everyday life. Our annual Big Draw festival runs throughout October. Over 1000 organisations in the UK and fifteen other countries participate – offering events for all ages and abilities. Find your nearest events here. For those of you in Los Angeles, please visit The Big Draw LA.  I’m definitely

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