I thought this was a really neat website, Children’s Haiku Garden.
It shares poems and artwork by children and it seems like the kind of thing that would be really helpful in motivating your child to be creative.
I especially like the fact that the poetry is written by one child and the artwork done by another. It’s a great way to foster teamwork without competition.
This poem, in particular, caught my eye. The haiku and the accompanying artwork are both by 9 year old children from Japan.
the shining sea
seagulls turn round and round
a big catch!
Verse: Kazuoki Yamada
Picture: Mika Shibazaki
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One of the indisputably best things about being a child is coloring. It’s a great way for them to express themselves creatively, it builds dexterity in very young children, and it also helps them process their emotions.
There are a number of organizations that work with children to provide them with the resources and opportunities to create art. The International Child Art Foundation, based in Washington, DC, has helped children produce art in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 Chinese earthquake, and the 2004 tsunami. The foundation has even used art to help children in conflict such as Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots.
The United Nations also has used art to get children sharing their thoughts on poverty and climate change.
There are even some websites, such as the Global Children’s Art Gallery, even allow users to submit their own art. Give it a try!