The Importance Of Art In Child Development
Curiosity comes naturally to children. From infancy, young children start figuring out how to move their body and control their limbs as they try to find out how everything works. They start exploring, observing, and imitating everything they see in the world around them.All of this is how they learn, using their whole body and making connections in their brain.
Art is a very natural activity that supports children’s free play. Art is not only fun but educational as well; it helps kids to master various skills which are very useful for learning in school, as well as for life.
While taking part in art activities, kids practice the following skills:
Cognitive development: Children can learn cause and effect, for example, if you push the crayon harder the color will be darker. Art also helps develop critical thinking when they make a plan or picture in their mind of what they want to create and follow that plan.
Fine motor skills: Crayons, paintbrushes, and chalk help kids develop fine motor muscles. It will help them master writing, buttoning their coats, and everything else that requires controlled movements.
Language skills: Kids develop their language skills when they describe and share their artwork and the process of making it. Parents can encourage that development by listening and asking questions in return. This way your child gets a chance to learn new words to describe what they are making and doing.
Math skills: Kids start learning such concepts such as shapes, sizes, comparison, and counting in the process of making art.
Emotional Resilience: The ability to create art, regardless of skill level, has also been proven to reduce stress and increase resilience in children and adults.
How To Build Your Kid’s Artistic Skills
Talk to your child about his work and try to ask open-ended questions, describe some specific things your child does when drawing, for example “I see you are making long lines” or “You are using red, yellow, and green.” Or talk about the materials and instruments your child is using. Discuss vivid details and allow your child to continue the conversation.
Try to imitate your child’s actions when drawing rather than drawing your own perfect picture. When kids see your picture is not something they are able to match, they may be less willing to try to create art on their own.
Give your child a choice: provide him with various materials to use and mix them up.
Support your child, but don’t always be the one in charge. Set out lots of art options and encourge your child to try them out, but don’t force the activity if your child isn’t interested or make it something that should look a certain way. It isn’t fun for anyone to be told what they have to do, and such rigid guidelines will restrict your child’s creativity.
Do not create specific plans in your mind; give your kid freedom to use his imagination. Don’t be surprised or afraid if your child changes his opinion or plan while working, that’s a normal creative process and should be celebrated and encouraged.