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ART: Colors, shapes & lines all around

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Arts +2 Age Levels Preschool (0 to 4 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)

Talk with Me!

Having conversations with young children contributes to their thinking and language development. All conversations are good, but research shows that the quality of words children hear matters more than the quantity. Further, what’s best is an exchange; in other words, talk with children, not at them.

The Talk with Me Toolkits give parents and caregivers thematically organized high-quality, authentic materials to make children their conversational partners in discussions that matter. Each online toolkit features captivating videos and real-world photographs, as well as intriguing paintings and other artworks to observe and discuss through conversation prompts.  Hands-on activities and books complete each toolkit. Simple instructions appear right in the toolkits, so you can jump right in. See what interests your child and get started. There’s a lot to talk about!

To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation.

LOOK: Find your favorite color.

Talk With Me Toolkit

Night Gold

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Number One

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Field for Skyes

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

TALK: Describe the color.

Talk With Me Toolkit

LOOK: Name the shapes.

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Untitled (from "Ten Mexican Artists" portfolio)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Generation

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Composition

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

TALK: Describe the shapes.

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LOOK: Find lines of all kinds!

Talk With Me Toolkit

Composition

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

1st Avenue

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Eye of the Storm

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Carnival

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

TALK: Describe the lines.

Talk With Me Toolkit

PLAY: Take a color walk

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Play with String!

Talk With Me Toolkit

PLAY: Create with shapes!

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READ: Mix it Up

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Read: The Shape of Me

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