Art Books for Little Hands

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Our local art museum recently became free to all visitors! It is a beautiful building and houses some magnificent works of art.

Art Museum

This summer, we visited several times, particularly because there was a French impressionist exhibit and I adore French impressionism. It was so peaceful and inspiring to be standing that close to the paintings of Monet, Renoir, Degas and more. It brought back such lovely memories of The Hubby and I’s last trip to Europe and our time at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. The kids were actually quite interested in the paintings, especially how old they were and finding particular things in each one.

Before we left, we walked by the gift shop and I spotted this cute little board book, A Picnic with Monet

Art Books for Little Hands

I thought it was so sweet, so we went inside to see if there were more. I was so pleased to find that there is a whole series of these board books full of artwork!

The Mini Masters series is series of art books for kids, featuring the beautiful work of a variety of artists in a durable board book format with cute, rhyming words to tie them all together!

A Picnic with Monet

Books in the series include:

  • Quiet Time with Cassatt
  • Painting with Picasso
  • Sunday with Seurat
  • Sharing with Renoir
  • On an Island with Gauguin
  • A Picnic with Monet
  • A Magical Day with Matisse
  • Dreaming with Rousseau
  • In the Garden with Van Gogh

I want to own all of them! These are the perfect books for our house – strong enough to stand up to Double J, easy reading for Little J, and a great starting point for an art lesson with both of the big boys!

We also discovered another great art book designed for little ones at the library this week. Art for Baby is a collection of black & white images created by famous modern artists. They are visually appealing to babies because of the high contrast, but Little J made it into his own art lesson by trying to imitate them on paper himself! I love that this became a lesson in shapes because there is no color to worry about!

We do use an art curriculum for homeschool, but these art books for kids are a great supplement and provide great exposure to the world of art for our littlest one as well!

Do you have a favorite artist or piece of art? Have you shared it with your children?

I’m linking up with K Learners this week to share ideas for teaching our kindergarten age kiddos!

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Teaching Left and Right with a Fun Game!

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Would you believe that a game my parents played at a New Year’s Eve party has become a family favorite AND a great way for teaching left and right to our kindergartener?!

Little J started taekwondo this summer. While he LOVES it, taekwondo makes it quite obvious he has some work to do in knowing right from left.

My mom came to stay with us for a few days so I could get some things done around the house, and she brought with her the game Left Center Right.

Teaching Left and Right

This pocket-sized game consists of three dice and some yellow chips in a cute little tube.

Left Center Right pieces

Each die has words or symbols on it with the following directions attached to them:

  • Left – pass a chip to the person on your left
  • Right – pass a chip to the person on your right
  • Dot – keep a chip
  • Star – put a chip in the center

Everyone starts with three chips. You roll all three dice on your turn and do whatever the dice tell you to do! If you have three or more chips on your next turn, roll all three dice again. If you have less than three chips, roll only as many dice as the number of chips in your possession. Two chips? Roll two dice! One chip? Roll one die!

Playing Left Center Right

Here’s the interesting part – if you lose all your chips, you’re not necessarily done for the game! You may get passed a chip on the next turn! The game isn’t over until only person is left with chips, and that person gets all the chips in the middle.

There are so many reasons to love Left Center Right! Besides teaching left and right, I can slip it in my purse and take it anywhere we go {including my cousin’s wedding next weekend}! You can play one quick game or several in a row. You don’t have to keep score, but for more competitive players, it’s an option!

We just finished a game and I’m off to play another! Hope your family loves Left Center Right as much as we do!

I have a bunch of friends with kindergarten age children this year, so we’re all sharing our posts for that age group in a weekly K-Learners link-up! This is a GREAT place to look for learning ideas for that 4-6 year old age range! There is also a K-Learners Facebook page and Pinterest board – check them all out!

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