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Friday, March 8, 2013

Inspiring Artists

"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." -Pablo Picasso

We made our own color pallettes for imaginative art play. I believe that the colloboration of art and dramatic play is a great way to enhance children's creativity. It gives them a chance to visualize art in a new way without the limitations of their motor skills which can sometimes be a source of frustration for some children.
Dramatic play in general provides students with many developmental advantages necessary to later success in school. One of these advantages is the development of self-regulation, which has a strong correlation to academic and social success for children. Essentially, when children engage in meaningful play, they practice interactions and experiences they will have in real life. Children use play to model relationships they have seen and to understand the world around them. While engaged in this type of play, children learn the skills necessary to regulate their emotions and impulses, while mimicking and experiencing real life situations. (Old Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills, 2010)

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