Emily Elizabeth gets discouraged during her art lessons with Mr. Solomon when she thinks Nina's pictures are better that hers. Mr. Solomon finds a unique way to show Emily Elizabeth that nobody starts out as a great artist.

Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Believe in YourselfClifford's Idea to Grow On: Believe in Yourself

By creating an environment that will encourage self-expression, children can discover and unleash their creative potential. The following activities nurture:

  • music and art appreciation and performance skills
  • cognitive skills
  • physical and motor skills

Artistic Stars!Artistic Stars!

Discover the wonderful canvas of stars at night by stargazing. Then have fun with your "little star" with these bright ideas:

  • Create a personalized universe of stars that glow in the dark! Purchase stars at hobby stores or make from construction paper and glow paint. Have your child guide you in placing the ceiling stars. Then let your child finish the job on walls, windows, etc.
  • Create place cards for the dinner table by cutting out stars from poster board. Glue and glitter names on stars.

Freespirit at Work!Freespirit at Work!

Give your child opportunities to discover his/her artistic talent within by using these ideas:

  • Keep sculptors non-drying clay out on a kitchen turn table or "Lazy Susan." Have blunt sculpting tools handy. A pencil, spoon, potato peeler, fork, rolling pin, etc. also make great sculpting tools.
  • Have an artist's easel with non-toxic water-based paints, paintbrushes, and sponges handy. An adult's old shirt makes a great apron, too!
  • Keep a bucket full of colored sidewalk chalk handy for artistic inspiration outside.

Suggested StorybooksSuggested Storybooks

Discover inspiration in creating collage artwork by experiencing these Eric Carle books:
Animals, Animals (Scholastic)
Have You Seen My Cat? (Scholastic)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel)
The Very Busy Spider (Harper Collins Juvenile Books)
The Very Grouchy Ladybug (Philomel)

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