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Children have a natural tendency toward scribbling. Given the freedom they will just about scribble anywhere and on anything including places where they should not, like on walls and countertops. Some parents choose to take away a child’s art tools as punishment when this happens but this experience may result in the child becoming hesitant at doing anything even remotely artistic in the future. Instead of getting angry at a child for showcasing his or her art work on a piece of furniture, give the child a designated space to draw and the right tools with which to create his or her art. This establishment of boundaries not only gives the child structure but it also encourages freedom in a positive way. For some harried parents, nothing says positive expression like the combination of a refrigerator door full of drawings right next to a clean wall.

The best art tools to give to young children include a variety of crayons and markers and perhaps some nontoxic chalk and paints.  As for their canvas, nothing encourages children more than a large standing easel for kids. It will make them even happier to know that all the real artists use easels and they will feel themselves to be real artists as well (and really, what parent does not consider his or her child an artist?)

A great easel to have around the home is the Melissa and Doug easel. The deluxe floor-standing wooden easel is a particular hit with both kids and parents. The height is adjustable and it has two sides, making it fun for children on a play date. The easel also has a plastic tray on each side to put art supplies within easy reach. It is also easy to assemble and easy to clean and store when not in use. Install one in the play room and stock it with lots of paper and coloring materials as the kids will be sure to turn out plenty of art to decorate the refrigerator door with.
Parents view art as something that teaches children creativity and self-expression but it does so much more than that. Art education gives children the ability to recognize and understand the things that they see around them. Art also helps to develop abstract thinking skills and this is best seen when children draw from their imaginations. So instead of having the kids enrich their imagination by digesting images from video games and the television, let them have an easel and some coloring materials and allow them to draw and paint the world as they see it.