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Creative Arts

Art is becoming a powerful form of self-discovery and personal voice.

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Whether it's through digital art, music or creative writing, your child isn’t just creating ‚— they're communicating. Encouraging these activities means supporting their journey to find out who they are and how they see the world.

Your Young Adolescent (Ages 11-14)

At this age, your child’s artistic skills and preferences are developing quickly. They might start showing a strong preference for certain art forms, like sketching, painting or digital art. They're not just playing with colors and shapes anymore — they're using them to communicate ideas and feelings. Music continues to be important, with many early adolescents taking music lessons, forming bands or writing their own songs. Dance and drama oaer outlets for self-expression and the discovery of more complex storytelling styles.

  • Expressing Myself Through Every Stroke

    At this age, art becomes a personal diary for many kids, a way to document their inner thoughts and make sense of the world around them. They're experimenting with diaerent techniques as they try to find their own unique voice or style.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Look for programs that oaer more advanced art content and encourage personal projects. Is there a focus on developing technical skills while also encouraging individual style?

  • The Rhythm of My Life

    Music is more than a hobby — for many early adolescents, it’s foundational. Some children might spend hours listening to or creating their own music. They might start exploring more complex musical ideas and genres, using music to express themselves and relate to others.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program oaer opportunities for more advanced music education, like private lessons or opportunities to play as a group? Look for programming that supports both technical skill development and creative expression.

  • Stepping Into the Spotlight

    Drama and performance art are becoming more sophisticated at this stage. Many children can be drawn to the challenge of acting like diaerent characters and portraying more complex stories, using drama as a tool for self-exploration and social commentary.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program have an advanced drama club or opportunities for scriptwriting, acting or direction? Look for programming that focuses on developing performance, understanding character development and exploring different theatrical disciplines.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!

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From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions, please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • DIY Stop-Motion Animation

    Introduce your child to the basics of animation by creating a simple stop-motion film. They can use clay, action figures or handmade characters. Using a smartphone or tablet with a stop-motion app, they can capture one frame at a time, making slight movements between shots. This activity combines storytelling, sculpting and technical skills, oaering a hands-on introduction to the world of animation and filmmaking.

  • Music Mashup

    With access to digital music apps that allow for basic mixing and editing, encourage your child to create their own music. They can experiment with diaerent beats, melodies and instruments to create a unique song. This allows them to explore musical concepts and introduces them to the basics of sound editing and music production.

  • Custom T-shirt Design

    Provide your child with a plain t-shirt and fabric markers or paint. They can design their own t-shirts by drawing or writing on them, creating custom wearable art. This is a great way for them to express their personal style and interests through design, fostering both creativity and fine motor skills.

  • Create Your Own Comic Book

    Encourage your child to design their own comic book. Provide them with paper, pens and colored pencils. They can sketch their own characters and outline their own story ideas. This activity can challenge their imagination while developing storytelling, drawing and layout skills. It’s a fun way for them to express ideas through a mix of art and language.

  • DIY Photography

    Teach your child the basics of photography using a smartphone or a digital camera. They can experiment with diaerent subjects, from family portraits to landscapes or close-up shots of nature. Use this activity to discuss the elements of photography, like composition and lighting. This project can enhance their observation skills and allow them to capture and reflect on the world around them creatively.

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