1 Mark the Spot With Eye-Popping Paint! Draw children into the art area with color. Use bright-colored paint on the walls. Display objects children bring from home such as plants, toys, and drawings that reflect their backgrounds.
2 Provide a Place With Space. Allow for extra space for projects to grow (such as a giant mural that reflects similarities children share). Be sure that your art center is in a low-traffic area where children's work won't be disturbed.
3. Collect Creative Containers. Provide tall, washed-out milk containers for storing rulers. Sort crayons by color in plastic cookie trays.
4 Make Meaningful Displays. Show off young children's creative work at eye level on classroom walls or bulletin boards. Toddlers can safely touch their displays if you slide drawings down behind clear Plexiglas frames.
5 Introduce Intriguing Materials. Collect and recycle interesting objects representing children's backgrounds that they can glue onto collages. Use natural materials in different ways, such as painting with pine needle brushes.
6 Create Side by Side. Put two freestanding or wall-hanging easels side by side so friends can talk and share ideas as they paint together Or mold clay in the shape of a cake. Place the "cake" on a small table and use a plastic knife to slice it. Children can each work with a "slice" of clay.
7 Keep It on a Kiosk. Paint a large cardboard box to use as a 3-D kiosk to hang pictures on. Encourage children to sculpt their favorite toys from clay and display them in shoeboxes.
8 Choose Appropriate Materials. Developmentally, it's less frustrating for very young children if they can hold big paintbrushes and make marks on oversized sheets of paper. Since it's difficult for toddlers and threes, in particular, to share, provide duplicates of exciting materials.
9 Support Soaring Creativity. Provide open-ended materials-paint, clay, construction paper-for children to express themselves, and as a way to share more about their families and backgrounds.
10 Encourage Independent Cleanup. Offer a dustpan and brush to sweep up sand. Provide a "snip box" to store small scraps and paper cuttings.