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7 Reasons to Start Your Child on a Sketchbook

My son is a third grader and he brings a sketchbook wherever he goes.  He is known for this at his school and some kids have started to bring their own journals and asked their parents to buy the same pens my son uses.  He is a prolific artist filling bankers boxes with old journals. I’m no longer a third grader, but I do the same.  I have my sketchbook tucked into my bag along with a pencil case everywhere I go.  I look forward to the moments throughout the day when I can sneak in a few sketches such as in waiting rooms or when I’m on hold attempting to make an appointment. Keeping a sketchbook is an ages-old tradition of generating, documenting and keeping track of creative ideas; it is a powerful tool for creativity. Artists and design practitioners use sketchbooks daily in their professional and personal work.  Think of it as a visual journal to express yourself and your ideas.  It is a safe place to practice budding drawing skills and work through ideas.  And a sketchbook is a great tool for children, too. 1.Fine Motor Practice and Drawing Development When I am working with my 3rd graders in the...

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