Drawing, painting, cutting, and gluing all help satisfy the young child's urge for creative self-expression. And, as they manipulate a paintbrush or colored pencil, children refine and reinforce fine motor skills. Fine art matching activities and games help children discover and develop their own aesthetic tastes and preferences.
Show children how to use a new tool or material (and how to clean up!), then let them go. Recognize their efforts by commenting on the process ("You used a lot of color.") rather than the product ("Is that a cow?"). Give children easy access to art supplies so they can create whenever the spirit moves them. And, follow up on matching games and fine art books with a visit to a museum or gallery.