Young kids are great at being naturally creative! Whether it’s drawing or painting, their creative output is nearly overwhelming. Check out these arts and crafts to encourage their enthusiasm for creating and keep the fun.
Childhood is a time when creativity really flourishes. Arts and crafts are perfect open-ended toys, whether you’re drawing and painting or molding creations with clay. But as children get older, it can be hard to sustain the little artist in them. Luckily, there are plenty of spring art ideas for inspiring your kid’s interest!
THE IMPORTANCE OF ART IN A CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT
Kids love art! Whether they are getting messy with finger paints, drawing on wall or coloring in their coloring book, there’s nothing that makes children happier than creating their own art. The benefits of art for kids go way beyond fun. Studies have shown that the process of creating art actually helps support young children in almost all areas of their development!
Children Develop Life Skills through Art Activities
Art may seem like fun and games -and it is! -but you may not realize that your child is actually learning a lot through exploring the arts and doing art activities. Your children will gain useful life skills through art, so encourage them to get creative, and you will quickly see that your children are picking up these skills:
Builds Skills & Improves Academic Outcomes : Making art can drastically improve your child’s fine motor skills and enhance their creative problem-solving abilities. Activities like cutting and gluing paper, finger painting, and drawing can help children develop better coordination and dexterity while threading beads and sculpting clay can improve visual-spatial skills. Over time, studies have shown that building these skills translates into better academic outcomes for kids in other subjects including writing, literacy, mathematics, and science. In fact, a report from Americans for the Arts concluded that children who regularly engage in artistic activities are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement!
A Voice Beyond Words: When a child draws a picture or paints a portrait, that child is beginning to communicate visually. A child may draw to document an actual experience like playing in the park, release feelings of joy by painting swirling colors, or share an emotionally charged experience like the passing of a loved one through art. Art goes beyond verbal language to communicate feelings that might not otherwise be expressed.
Encourages Innovation: Art encourages creativity and imaginative thinking, two skills that are increasingly linked with long-term professional success. Art forces children to engage in out of the box thinking and can help them hone their creative problem-solving skills. According to the International Child Art Foundation, “Research indicates that a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property—key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century.”
Facilitates Bonding: Art helps children come to terms with themselves and the control they have over their efforts. Through art, they also practice sharing and taking turns, as well as appreciating one another’s efforts. Art fosters positive mental health by allowing a child to show individual uniqueness as well as success and accomplishment, all part of a positive self-concept.
Art also develops a child’s creativity. Rather than being told what to do, answers and directions come from the child. Art is an experience that requires freethinking, experimentation, and analysis — all part of creativity.
It is important, however, to separate the notion of “talent” from “creativity” a child does not have to create a masterpiece to have a meaningful artistic experience. Art is a process, not a product. It’s tempting to want our children’s art to turn out “cookie-cutter perfect” to prove that they are successful and on track. It’s reassuring to know that we can relax! Where art is concerned, it is the process of creating — exploring, discovering, and experimenting — that has the greatest value. Through self-expression and creativity, children’s skills will develop naturally, and their ability to create will soar. Source: MaryAnn F. Koh