The Importance of Art in a Child’s Development

by MaryAnn F. Kohl

Have you ever seen a child smooth cool finger paint over a sheet of paper with both hands, pulling her fingertips through the paint to make squiggles? Or observed a child coloring in bountiful spirals with crayons?

If yes, then you have seen the concentration on these children’s faces, and the joyful expressions of art explored.
You have witnessed creative art in process! (more…)

Ways to help children learn about gardening

Maudie Kelly, MS
Human Development Specialist


I grew up in a home where we had a very large garden that provided lots of fresh vegetables and fruits into the fall. My mother canned and froze many containers of those same fruits and vegetables that we could eat all winter long. (more…)

Kids and Gardening perfect together

.blog13 photo by Antonio Rosario

Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons about patience as they wait for vegetables to grow, responsibility as they see how necessary their care is to the garden, and even loss when flowers die at the end of a season. (more…)

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