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Creative Play Offers Many Benefits for Children

Creative play is an important part of child development. Through play, kids learn about and experiment with the world around them and learn to understand and express their own thoughts and emotions. Child development researchers have found that play benefits kids in many significant ways.

Pretending helps kids develop their imaginations. Children begin to pretend around the age of 2. When they use an object to represent something else, kids learn about symbolism. They can assume a variety of roles, from superhero to police officer to princess, and experiment with different identities. Kids can also learn to work through issues they are facing in their lives, such as a frightening or confusing situation. For example, kids might role play about a trip to the dentist or practice taking care of a doll to be prepared to help care for a new sibling.

Creative play helps children develop social skills. Toddlers often play side by side with little interaction, but in preschool children begin to play together more. They learn to negotiate, cooperate, and share through play. Play can help children deal with different or confusing emotions and learn how to deal with situations and conflicts appropriately. You can encourage your child’s social development by scheduling play dates with other children and watching how the kids interact with each other.

Play helps kids develop physical skills, such as gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Kids who play are also less likely to be stressed and cranky. You can encourage physical play by setting a good example and engaging in activities at home and outdoors with your child.

Fine motor skills – control of small muscles in the hands, feet, fingers, and toes – can also be developed with creative play. Offer materials and activities that encourage children’s developing fine motor skills such as:

  • child-safe scissors, paints, brushes, markers and crayons
  • string beads, macaroni, rigatoni or wheel-shaped cereal on yarn or shoelaces
  • play dough or clay can be formed into different shapes and items either with hands or by using tools such as scissors or cookie cutters

You can encourage your child to play and think creatively by making a collection of toys and objects available. Kid-friendly versions of objects that adults use, such as dishes and telephones, allow kids to act out adult scenarios. Open-ended objects that can be used for more than one purpose allow kids to think creatively and explore different possibilities. These types of role-playing activities can be done with a single child or with a group of children to offer imagination development and socialization opportunities.

Let your child take the lead during play. You can become involved, but only if your child invites you to do so. Giving your child control and encouragement and showing them the game is interesting and important to you will build your child’s confidence and self-esteem.

Why not plan to come to our Glastonbury Party Studio and Lounge for one of our new Pop-In & Paint or Creativity Club for Tots sessions? Check out our calendar of events for dates and times. As a parent, you can rest assured all of our Art Truck activities focus on helping children work on those critical developmental skills – of course as far as they’re concerned – it’s all just creative fun!

The Magic of Markers

Looking for ways to make your child’s birthday more creative, memorable and fun? Consider a simple, but creative art project to engage your young guests and keep little hands busy. Not only will your party-goers enjoy working with art materials, they will love taking their artwork home to share with their own families.

The joy of coloring with magic markers

At The Art Truck we find that the key to success with group art projects is to keep the ideas and materials simple so that children (and adults) of all ages and skill-levels will enjoy the activity and stretch their imaginations. We incorporate coloring activities into most of our projects and have watched hundreds of children find great joy in them. You’ll be surprised how much fun kids have with magic markers – it turns out that they really are magic!

So many markers to choose from

We believe the magic is in how pigment easily flows from these handy tools, making it fun to paint your picture with lines, swirls and layers of wonderful colors. Plus, markers come in hundreds of colors and sizes making it the closest experience to painting, with virtually no mess! If you opt for washable, water-based markers, clean up is a cinch. Just use baby wipes to clean hands and surfaces.

Another great feature of a coloring activity is that you don’t need special teaching skills or expensive supplies. Printouts of a simple line drawing (click here “coloring pages for kids” and you’ll find a vast array of pictures to choose from on Google Images), grab some kraft paper to cover the table, some washable magic markers in various colors and styles and you’re ready to go! Our very favorite markers (and those of our artists of all ages) are the Crayola metallic markers. They offer super luster and are available at Target, Toys R Usamazon, Staples, Blick and Wal-Mart.

If properly supervised, a coloring activity will occupy at least 15-20 minutes of party time. Plus, activity time can easily be expanded by introducing additional materials or supplying a frame for kids to decorate, too.

Give it a try and let your little ones experience the magic of markers!

Scouting with The Art Truck

Many of your children are taking part in Girl Scout or Boy Scout activities this year. Did you know that The Art Truck can help children in your child’s troop earn their sought-after art badges with one of our signature art projects?

At a Troop Masquerade Party, boys or girls can create their own unique disguises. They can cut out pre-designed masks and adorn them with glitter, wacky papers, faux fur, ribbons, and other materials. Kids love to become animals, insects, other people, or anything else they can imagine.
Masquerade Party
Kids also love to paint, and your scouts will enjoy a Troop Paint Bar Party on our Party  Truck or at our Party Studio and Creativity Lounge. Kids can mix their own palettes with bright, pastel, neon, and metallic paints and then drip, swirl, and layer the colors on their canvases to create abstract, color-field paintings. A Paint Bar Party is perfect for scouts aged 6 and up.

Photo Oct 11, 1 14 50 PMPaint Bar PartyBoy Scouts and Girl Scouts learn a lot from an Art Truck program while they work on earning their badges. They experiment with new materials and learn to identify shapes and colors. Scouts build their vocabularies as they are exposed to new words and learn to express new ideas. They also practice their listening skills and following directions. Scouts develop divergent thinking and creativity as they create their art projects and share their work with others.

A Girl Scout or Boy Scout program with The Art Truck is 60 minutes for up to 16 guest artists. Each party is led by two of our specially trained art-tenders. We will provide all of the materials your scouts will need and take care of all of the cleanup.

A party on The Art Truck is a fun and creative way for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to earn their art badges. Kids can learn many important skills and ideas as they take part in a fun, hands-on art projects.