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Young at Art: Teaching Toddlers Self-Expression, Problem-Solving Skills, and an Appreciation for Art

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From the creator of the bestselling Anti-Coloring Book series with more than 600,000 copies sold, a new parenting guide to encouraging creativity in preschool-age children

Young at Art is the first and only comprehensive book for the general audience about the nature, value and impact of art on very young children. Directed towards parents and educators of one to five year
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 11th 2001 by Holt Paperbacks
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I am going to buy this one when my son is a little older. Lots of great ideas.
Jan 16, 2008 Tamara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents and educators
Really interesting ideas concerning artistic learning, particularly as they relate to toddler and preschool aged children.

Extremely progressive, which I like, but its written in a bit of a beat it over your head repetitive fashion.

Nonetheless, good for skimming and gleaning ideas (such as starting kids with one color at a time, and prohibiting coloring books and dittos, and teacher created cut and copy holiday projects).
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Jan 01, 2017 Beyza Aksu rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot about the practices which I have done so far inappropriately. Parents, you should read this book before introducing your child a full box of crayons or a coloring book
Apr 16, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
Okay so she does come off a bit preachy but it seemed to me that she knows what the heck she is talking about. I am absolutely clueless about art and have always labeled myself as "not creative". This booked helped me feel much more prepared to expose my kids to good art experiences. "Don't teach, let them learn". I appreciated the simplicity of her ideas. I don't have to worry about coming up with cutesy ideas. The book was very freeing for me and my kiddo and I soaked it up. I can enjoy watchi ...more
Sep 16, 2007 Chessa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents
Shelves: parenting, art
This book is awesome! As someone who feels "artistically" challenged, this book makes me feel a lot more confident introducing art and art materials to my 14 month old. Yes, my 14 month old! If I hadn't read this book I probably would have waited a LOT longer to introduce art materials to him, but Striker argues that babies as young as 6 months can be introduced to crayons and paints. She gives loose guidelines for what to expect at what ages, which is really helpful for someone who has no idea ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Ardyth rated it liked it
Perfect book for a family of non-creatives. Despite "toddler" in the title, it is suitable. from 6mos through 6 or 7 years.

Great booklist and collection of songs to provide a low-pressure holistic learning experience.

If your family already has a studio space for messy art, and you don't feel tempted / pressured by Pinterest and such to have your children create cute and clever crafts, you probably don't need to read this book. The booklist, songs and suggested order of presentations are still w
Sep 20, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it
Shelves: work-related
A helpful book explaining in detail the artistic development in infants through early school-age children. This book was helpful for me because it drew many helpful connections between the importance of many art experiences to children literacy learning and writing development. The book is divided into categories according to art medium that young children should be exposed to. These basic mediums include drawing, painting, sculpting (or working with play dough and clay), collage, and print maki ...more
Feb 01, 2008 Cailean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
I just love Susan Striker. When my niece and nephew were the appropriate age, we got them an "anti-coloring" book from her series. I was so amazed at it when I thumbed through it! It really is an anti-coloring book in that the idea of coloring in a picture already drawn and staying between "the lines" is completely discouraged. My kids, however, were much too young for that series so I looked at other books she had written. This is perfect for the younger age group and has great ideas for how to ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Val rated it really liked it
This is a great book to learn how to present art materials to kids in a slow, sensible way. I wish I had read it four years ago! The tone is a bit too judgmental for my taste. But I agree with her general philosophy about how to present art to children. That is, as an opportunity to experiment as opposed to a chance to create a "product" that should be attractive or acceptable by adult standards.
Aug 07, 2008 K rated it really liked it
While the program the author lays out is rather rigid to the point where I can't imagine implementing it, I did feel very inspired to give my toddler art supplies I never would have thought of giving a child so young. Plus, I found the connection between art and literacy fascinating and it helped me rethink some of the standard art projects I see in children's programming at the library/festivals we attend/etc...
Aug 14, 2012 Krista rated it it was amazing
i believe this should be on every parent's bookshelf, and read by anyone who works with kids. as with any parenting/child development theory, read it and then form your own opinion. i believe in moderation, but i use susan striker's basic philosophies when it comes to kids and creating any kind of art.
I don't agree with most of what Striker says in her book (or at least in the first half, which is as far as I read). The idea that I'm damaging my child by giving her coloring books, by commenting on objects she's "drawn" rather than on the lines/circles she makes, by giving her more than one color to draw with .. is just nuts.
Mar 20, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it
The author does come off a little preachy and rigid. She is clearly very passionate about what she believes. While I can't see it being practical to follow this completely many of the things she says make a lot of sense and I have been inspired to offer a whole new type of art supplies to my child and to approach her artwork in a new way.
Feb 08, 2008 Jeannette rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It was a fascinating look at child development in the context of art. It included the developmental stages of a child's scribbling and drawing; which colors they are ready to experience when, etc. SOOOO fascinating!!!!!! And full of great ideas, too.
Jul 27, 2010 Teri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-books
This is such an enlightening approach to art!!! We threw out ALL our coloring books, put the art supplies at the girls' disposal and viola! REAL ART! This is one of those books every parent should OWN. I cannot rave enough!
May 08, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference
Very inspiring. I tried a few crafts from here for storytime that really blew parents and kids minds (just draw?!). I have an idea to start a toddler art group later on with this book as an inspiration.
Aug 25, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it
A fabulous art book for toddlers and preschoolers. I learned so much about creativity and letting your child explore their artistic nature. Great resource!
Aug 15, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Using this as a guide to teaching art in my Early Childhood Special Ed/Autism classroom this year.
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Susan Striker is the author of the best-selling Anti-Coloring Book® series with over one million books in print all over the world. Designed to stimulate creativity and encourage problem solving and critical thinking, the books help children draw their own pictures as well as their own conclusions about life. She also wrote Please Touch® (Simon & Schuster) which teaches parents and educators h ...more
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