Young children are naturally interested in creating art. All a parent has to do is provide some art materials and some references for ideas. A shoebox containing colored pencils, crayons, glue, scissors and paper is a good beginning. Other items can be added any time such as markers, pastels, watercolor paints, construction paper, ribbons and magazines (to cut up for making collages.)Pictures of animals, flowers, shells, trees, houses, people and buildings are useful for your child to be able to use as a reference to know how things look so that they can draw them.Taking weekly trips to the Field Library to keep your home filled with beautifully illustrated children's books is a great way to introduce your child to different illustration styles and your favorite authors.