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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Harker Heights library art and music experience encourages expression | The Killeen Daily Herald

"With Christmas music adding to a festive atmosphere, children explored colors and textures during a new program at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library" continues The Killeen Daily Herald.

Photo: Arianna Ferraro

Parents and kids enjoyed the Baby & Toddler Art Experience, which was offered on three Tuesdays in November and December..

“The Art Experience is in a similar format as our other children’s programs but more focused on the art aspect,” said Amanda Hairston, children’s librarian. The experience is meant to encourage creativity and to build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and understanding cause and effect.

Cause-and-effect was a particularly fun lesson with huge, soft building blocks. Kids concentrated on constructing their creations then couldn’t wait to tear them down with hands or feet or both.

Chaos was barely contained with a variety of artistic media from which to choose, from mess-free finger painting to molding clay and sidewalk chalk.

Music was part of the experience as little hands played xylophones, shakers, bells, maracas and drums. Colorful sensory tiles conjured patterns similar to a lava lamp when stepped upon.

Hairston said it’s a program led by children and their interests while parents are active participants, working with their children at different art and music stations and during circle time...

Starting this month, the library will offer Little Steamers, introducing STEAM concepts for infants, toddlers and preschool-age children. A session for children (18 months and younger) is at 9 a.m. and slightly older children (19 months to 5 years old) at 10 a.m. No prior registration is required.
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Source: The Killeen Daily Herald