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How you can help at home: In this activity your child learns about art through sorting and matching art postcards.

By Nancy Roucher, Consulting Educator

You don't have to be an art expert to introduce your child to artists and works of art. Have your child sort and match art postcards.

What you'll need:

  • A wide variety of postcard-sized art reproductions from a museum, art supply store or the Internet Buy two of each postcard.

Here's how to do it

Mix up the cards and start out by asking your kindergartner to find the two that are alike. There are many other activities you can do with these cards. For example: Find all the cards that have people in them; find all the cards that show trees; find all the cards with the color red. A higher level activity would be to find two cards by the same artist, recognizing the name and style of a particular artist.

This approach was developed most completely by Aline D. Wolf, an expert in the Montessori method, in her book, How to Use Child-size Masterpieces, published by Parent Child Press. She provides three levels for children ages 3 to12.

Nancy Roucher is an arts education consultant from Sarasota, Florida. For 12 years she served as co-director of the Florida Institute for Art Education, a statewide project to help individual school districts implement comprehensive arts education. She consults with schools, museums and arts councils, and has developed a variety of curricular and program materials for arts education.