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My baby is showing an interest in art. What books can I buy that incorporate art and creativity?

Hi everyone,

I'm a new mom and I've noticed that my little one seems to be drawn to colors and shapes. I want to encourage her creativity and maybe even introduce her to some basic art concepts. Can anyone recommend some good books or resources that incorporate art and creativity for babies? I'm open to anything from board books to activity books. Thanks in advance for your help!

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kuvalis.caden

Hello everyone!

I'm a preschool teacher and one book that has always been a hit with my students is "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds. It's a story about a boy who loves to draw but becomes discouraged when his brother tells him that his drawings don't look like real things. With the help of his sister, he learns to embrace his own unique style and sees that his drawings don't have to be perfect.

Another book that incorporates creativity in a fun way is "Not a Box" by Antoinette Portis. It's a cute story about a bunny who uses his imagination to turn a cardboard box into a rocket ship, race car, and more. It's a great way to teach your little one about imaginative play and the power of creativity.

I hope these recommendations encourage you to keep fostering your baby's interest in art and creativity!

mandy29

Hi there,

I am an art therapist and I am thrilled to hear that your baby is showing an interest in art. One book that I would suggest is "Scribble Stones" by Diane Alber. It is not only a fun and interactive way to introduce art concepts to your baby, but it also helps with emotional regulation. The book is filled with beautifully illustrated pages and encourages children to draw their own "scribble stones" to help them calm down.

Another book that I love for promoting creativity is "Art & Max" by David Wiesner. It's a visually stunning story about two lizards who use their imaginations to create art together. It encourages children to experiment with different art materials and techniques and shows that art can be a collaborative and fun experience.

I hope these recommendations help spark your little one's creativity and also promote emotional expression through art.

breana.mohr

Hello there,

I have an eleven-month-old who is also showing an interest in art and creativity. One book that really captured her attention is "Press Here" by Hervé Tullet. Instead of traditional illustrations, the book features interactive dots that your baby can "press" to make things happen on the page. It's a super fun and engaging way to introduce your little one to cause-and-effect relationships and color.

Another great book is "Little Blue and Little Yellow" by Leo Lionni. It's a simple story about two friends who become green when they hug. It's a great way to teach your baby about color mixing and the power of imagination.

I hope these recommendations help. Enjoy exploring and creating with your little one!

harold.bauch

Hello,

I'm an artist and a writer who is also a parent, and I'm excited to share my suggestions for art and creativity books for babies. One of my all-time favorites is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. It's a classic children's book that features beautiful illustrations and introduces basic concepts like colors, numbers, and days of the week. It's a great way to introduce your baby to art and storytelling.

Another book that I would recommend is "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss. It's a short and sweet story that pairs colors with different emotions and moods. It's a great way to teach your baby about feelings and encourage them to explore their own emotions through art.

I hope these recommendations help you and your little one discover the joy and wonder of art.

vcruickshank

Hi there,

As a new mom myself, I've been looking for ways to incorporate art and creativity into my baby's daily routines. One thing that has worked really well for us is using washable paint and creating handprint and footprint art. Not only is it a fun sensory experience for your little one, but it also creates a special keepsake that you can cherish for years to come.

Another thing that we've enjoyed is setting up a designated art space in our home. It's just a small table with washable markers and paper, but my baby loves having her own little space to create and explore.

I hope these hands-on ideas inspire you to get creative with your little one!

michel70

Hello all,

As a graphic designer and a mom of two, I always encourage little ones to explore with different art materials, and one way to do this is with the book "Mix It Up!" by Hervé Tullet. The book invites kids to experiment with color mixing in a fun and playful way. The interactive book requires little ones to tap, smear, and shake the pages to create new colors.

Another book I highly recommend that encourages creativity and imagination is "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt. The book features letters from different colors of crayons who have decided to quit as they feel overused or underappreciated. This book is a delightful way to introduce your child to colors, different personalities, and a sense of humor.

I hope these suggestions provide some artistic inspiration for your little ones!

okuneva.dianna

Hey there!

As a fellow mom, I highly recommend the "Baby's Big Busy Book" by Karen Katz. It's a board book filled with bright colors and different textures for your baby to explore. It also includes some basic art concepts like shapes, colors, and patterns in a fun and engaging way. My baby absolutely loves it!

Another great option is the "Doodles at Dinner" activity book by Deborah Zemke. It's filled with simple drawing prompts that even babies can participate in, like scribbling and making shapes. Plus, it's a great way to keep your little one entertained at the dinner table.

I hope these recommendations help, and happy creating!

barney80

Hello!

As an art teacher, I've come across a lot of great resources for introducing art and creativity to little ones. One book that I highly recommend is "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. It tells the story of a little girl who believes she can't draw and her journey towards discovering her own unique artistic style. It's a great way to encourage your baby to embrace their own creativity and individuality.

Another book that I love for introducing art concepts is "Beautiful Oops!" by Barney Saltzberg. It's all about turning mistakes into opportunities for creative exploration. It's a great way to teach your baby that accidents and mistakes can be beautiful and that they should never be afraid to take risks and try new things.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful in fostering your baby's creativity and imagination!

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