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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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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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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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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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So You Think You Can Be A Painter?

So I was chatting with my Mom today and she shared with me that she had seen a really cute commercial featuring a man who receives a painting easel as a gift from his wife.  He goes on a spree of painting through all different environments while his wife is supporting him along the way… funny thing is she could not remember what the commercial was actually for, but she did remember his paintings! Now for how successful the marketing campaign is, since she couldn’t remember what it was for, I’ll leave that for them to decide. Take a look

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