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Art Tales for Pre-K

Need ideas for how to talk about art with your little ones? In each box below, you can explore artworks with your children, read books with related themes, and try your hand at making some art of your own. Download the related coloring pages and cut-outs for extra creative fun! 

Take time to look closely and listen carefully—to the artwork, to the books, and to each other. Let children’s interests and attention span set the pace for a shared looking and reading experience.

Encourage conversation throughout your reading, not just at the end. Sharing thoughts and questions as they arise helps keep everyone engaged.

Follow up your exploration and reading with a museum visit or a hands-on art making experience. What new ideas about an artist’s work—including your own!—do you have after learning more?

For a PDF version of this resource, click here. Este folleto y las páginas para colorear relacionadas están disponibles en español. Printed copies of Art Tales are available on a limited request basis. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Find more project ideas for exploring art with your little ones.

Planning to visit the National Gallery of Art with your pre-K class? Register for our Art Tales tours!