Parent Engagement

Children under 3 years old:

Sometimes our projects may not seem age appropriate for babies and toddlers, but they are always welcome to explore the materials and tools!  The projects are about the process, not the product so don’t worry if they are just experimenting.

  • Allow your child explore tools and materials with their hands, not their mouth! Touching new textures and shapes help them discover their world.
  • All the tools we provide are available for anyone to try. We have beginner scissors, for those who haven’t yet mastered cutting.
  • Utilize additional props and interactive areas in the studio to engage your child.
  • Magna-tiles and foam blocks in our rug areas are great for children of all ages to play with.

Encourage Discovery 

Encourage discovery and process by talking with your children about their work. These language tips will help you be specific in your praise, and encourage process over product. Additionally, these open-ended prompts encourage children to draw conclusions and formulate their own answers:

  • Is there anything I can help you with?
  • I notice that you (used many colors, shapes, texture, etc.)… Can you tell me more about that?
  • Which part do you like best?
  • I can tell you’ve been working hard, look at all that (taping, gluing, attaching, etc)
  • What do you think would happen if..?
  • You can continue working on this at home; we have some special materials you may like to add to it.
  • …or don’t say anything at all and observe the creative process… 

It’s the process, not the product!

Support your child’s desire to experience, explore, and experiment. We encourage you to allow plenty of time for your child to discover their innate creativity without feeling rushed or judged. Through trial and error, repetition, and realizing cause and effect, the artistic process allows children to explore and discover their world.  

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