By Jill Englebright Fox, Ph.D., and Stacey Berry, M.Ed.
Art has traditionally been an important part of early childhood programs. Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, believed that young children should be involved in both making their own art and enjoying the art of others. To Froebel, art activities were important, not because they allowed teachers to recognize children with unusual abilities, but because they encouraged each child’s “full and all-sided development” (Froebel, 1826).
– Art and Socio-Emotional Development
– Art and Cognitive Development
– Art and Motor Development
– Art Experiences in Classrooms for Young Children
– Museum Field Trips
– Classroom Art Center
– Displaying Children’s Art in a Classroom Gallery
– Involving Families in the Art Program