Here are a few things I learned:
-For babies and young children, playing is learning. It is important for library staff, much like parents, to nurture motor, auditory, and visual skills that help with calculating, reading, and writing skills later in life. Playing interactive language games (tracking), learning vowel/consonant sounds (grasping), recognizing rhymes (pinching), and recognizing shapes and lines (focusing) helps young children learn these skills.
-Process are is a new idea for me. This is where each child chooses how he/she wants to engage with the project. A story time librarian provides materials for the children to use, explains the project to the parents, and then steps back to allow the child to create. Parents are also asked to allow their child to create and not interfere too much with the child and his/her project. Each child is unique and should be allowed to share through their artwork. Another idea about art is that it should not have a deadline. Allow children at story time hour to work on a project as long as he/she chooses. then the parent can take the project home for the child to work on again later, or never touch again. Allow the child the opportunity to choose what he/she would like to do.
There are too many art project ideas within the presentation to list here. To view the presentation and the are ideas visit the Infopeople site. Click on the link to archived webinars and then click on the link to "Creating Baby Spaces in Public Libraries: designing for success."