Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Caution: Artists at Work

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Caution: Artists at Work

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CAUTION: ARTISTS AT WORK

THE ABILITY TO CREATE a final product not only brings great pleasure, but also offers opportunities for making choices and for self-expression. It is through the creative process that learning about colors, shapes and spatial relationships can occur. Many hours of play may revolve around creating something for oneself, a favorite person or a special occasion.

Imprimagic[R] allows a youngster to choose from six printing plates to create a drawing. A printing plate is inserted into a holder with a piece of plate and paper in place. Tape may be added to keep the paper from sliding. The design is created by rubbing a crayon over paper. The original rubbing block is glued to a dowel rod cut to fit inside the frame of th eImprimagic. An additional frame made from stretcher bars is fastened with VELCRO[R] to the top of the Imprimagic, as some youngsters may exert too much pressure and slide the rubbing block off the frame. For added stability, VELCRO may be applied to the bottom of th eImprimagic. Depending on a youngster's needs, the Imprimagic may also be placed on an easel to offer an easier angle for access. A large knob may also be placed on the dowel to offer easier handling. …

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