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Importance of Art for Infants and Toddlers
Art for children is more about the process of creating than the product that develops (Jalongo & Isenberg, 1997). Most infants who make marks on paper are simply exploring what happens when the marker or other writing instrument touches the paper. They are not really interested in creating something specific on the paper.
As infants grow into toddlers, they learn how to better control a marker, crayon, paintbrush, or other art tools. Over time, their scribbles will begin to have more of a shape rather than being haphazard marks on the paper. However, this does not mean that a child should only participate in drawing activities. Children should be given a variety of art experiences.