Today’s blog will give you some ideas on what you can do to help your little one with CAS through the fine art of being creative. Ready?!
ARTS & CRAFTS:
Sometimes art is about the outcome—the final masterpiece—but it’s always about the process. Kids can express their originality through art in terms of feelings, while at the same time, improving their coordination (fine motor), learning colors and textures, and developing pride in their artistic accomplishments. Take time to talk with your child about the art they are creating. Encourage confidence and satisfaction in creativity by asking questions like :
- “Tell me about your picture!”
- “How did you decide what to draw?”
- “I like the colors you used. How did you decide which ones you wanted in your picture?”
- “Where would you like us to hang it?”
- “Should we send it to Grandma?”
Draw & Label.
What you need: A kid at the table with markers, crayons, a blank sheet of paper and imagination.
What you do: Let her work for as long as she wants. Listen and make observations. When she’s all finished say, “I like your picture. Tell me about it.” Point to each item on her page. Ask her to describe it for you. Any little word will do. Write down what she says in quotations right next to the image. Put her name on it and date it. You can save these in a binder so that you can go back and look at her progress—not just artistically—but verbally, too.
Why bother: It’s fun and interesting to see what our kids are drawing, consider it a little window to their world. Plus, it helps catalog where she’s been—in terms of ability.
What you need: Find a notebook with plain paper—one that’s spiral-bound works best. Add crayons, markers, colored pencils, whatever media you feel most comfortable with. What you do: Allow your child to make several entries daily (maybe during quiet time)—label and date it. What’s really fun is to make the sketch book into a sort of scrapbook. Collect pictures, articles, ticket stubs, leaves, feathers, whatever your child finds fascinating. Have him describe the item, the scents, colors, textures and capture that in the book.
Why bother: In many ways, this activity is combining all elements of learning—collecting, identifying, researching, and talking. It’s introduces new experiences and vocabulary. Again, it’s a good way to measure progress.
What you need: A friend or family member (cousin or grandparent) who lives in another ZIP code.
What you do: Provide your child with a letter writing center in which you supply the envelopes, stamps, pens, paper, stickers, and whatever else you have on hand for an old fashioned letter writing experience. Your child can draw or write a bio of herself, include artwork and other tid-bits about her life. The pen-pal with hopefully respond with similar items. When they arrive in the mail, practice talking about what you’ve received.
Why bother: While this activity is fun, it may actually be better suited for older kids. If anything it gives kids a strong impression that communication—even if written is very important.
Coming Up on Leslie4Kids:
- “In like a lion, out like a lamb…” March brings interviews from proactive women/moms on their apraxia and special-need pursuits.
- Highlights from the children’s literacy world, including “Curious About Gerorge,” Jamie Lee Curtis books, and even a give-away.
- I’m still writing, so I’ll share with you some snippets of my writing life
- Small Talk: All About Apraxia is coming to Panera Bread in Naperville, IL. This FREE “class” and social event starts April 5th. For more information, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org