Conversation Hearts

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Sometimes I think it’s easier for archeologists to discover ancient artifacts than for me to discover a single detail about my child’s day at school. Thankfully, we both have tools to help us do our jobs. Archeologists have trowels, and I’ve got a marker. Whenever I sit down to draw or color with my children, we end up having some of our best conversations. The challenge is my serious lack of artistic skill.

When my children were small, I could print off coloring sheets or purchase coloring books at the dollar store. As they grew older, however, they lost interest in simple coloring sheets. That’s when their aunt introduced us to Art for Kids Hub.

Several times a week, Rob and his kids post a drawing tutorial on their YouTube channel. The simple step-by-step instructions make it possible for us to draw everything from candy hearts to my kids’ favorite Pokemon characters. Rob’s enthusiastic encouragement instills confidence in the most unskilled artist, and his children’s participation inspires the youngest artists to get involved.

The Art for Kids Hub website is wonderfully organized, and it’s easy to find a drawing tutorial for any age or occasion. Rob even invited his two-year-old to draw with him in a recent video. With Valentine’s Day just a week away, now is a great time for you and your kids to try one of the Valentine’s Day drawings. Encourage your child to draw a picture for someone special in their life and pass it along as a gift.

For children in foster care, these drawings can be meaningful gifts for birth family members. Helping them complete the project is a direct way to show them and their families how much we care.

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Simple art projects provide many other benefits, as well:

  • Emotions are calmed as the child channels their energy into the task at hand.

  • Confidence is built as the child sees the result of their effort.

  • Conversations flow easier while the child is focused on drawing.

  • Connections are created between the child and everyone involved in the project.

  • Gratitude and generosity are encouraged when the child gives their drawing as a gift.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed the different pictures we’ve colored and drawings we’ve created. I hope you and your family enjoy this resource, as well. We’d love for you to share your family’s drawings with us on social media by tagging @fosterthebay. We can’t wait to see what you and your children create!

Lindsay Goodwin