10 ways to encourage young children in artistic expression

Published: Friday, April 20 2012 12:28 p.m. MDT

Studies have shown over and over the benefits of music, art and other creative endeavors on the development of children. Companies such as the Baby Einstein empire and many others have capitalized on this research, but how can parents utilize these study findings without breaking the bank? Our increasingly busy lifestyles and overprogramming of children have decreased their opportunity for free play and self expression. "Parents who have the opportunity to glimpse into their children’s world learn to communicate more effectively with their children and are given another setting to offer gentle, nurturing guidance. Less verbal children may be able to express their views, experiences, and even frustrations through play, allowing their parents an opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of their perspective," according to the "Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds," by Kenneth R. Ginsburg. Following are 10 ideas to stimulate your child's imagination and promote healthy development.
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