Care about local identity & community
In a big globalised world, identity and community seem more important than ever.
Young children haven't seen the world as we have. They piece together what they hear, see, feel and do into their own understanding of who they are and the communities they live in.
In the technological world in which just about all children across the world now grow up, it can be difficult to establish and express who you are as an individual, and easy to overlook the importance of your local community. So many parents and carers tell stories about the importance of taking their children out and about, of exploring and questioning the world the live in. Listening to the sounds, looking at the pictures, talking to the people, and making things inspired by what they find.
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Your imagination is free. Special times with your children are priceless. Sometimes you pay for professional artists, but the impressions they leave on children can last a lifetime.
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