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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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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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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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How to Draw Cartoons at the LA County Fair – Pencils 2 Pixels Exhibit

  I was so excited to visit the Pencils 2 Pixels exhibit during our recent visit to the LA County Fair.  What kid doesn’t love their cartoons?  The exhibit displayed every step of the animation process from early pencil sketches to clay sculptures for 3D animation.  The entire building is full of fascinating displays and interactive activities for the kids. Pencils 2 Pixels – The Art of Animation Pencils 2 Pixels explores the unique world of animation, from the classics of traditional hand drawn cel animation to the dynamic world of computer art. 3D Zoetrope:  The largest and fastest 3D zoetrope

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Best Drawing Supplies For Kids

  I just love the adorable drawings that my daughter creates.  I think my drawers and boxes will be filled for years with her wonderful doodles, drawings and art work.  She regularly writes me letters that she delivers and I keep them in a letter box she created for me. Now that she’s in kindergarten and learning how to read and write, my letters have wonderful drawings and words too!  The word she writes the most is love.  Guess that gives you a sense of how precious my little sweet pea is.  Enough of the mom bragging… time to share

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