Kids who engage in the arts have several advantages, such as problem-solving ability to solve problems, creativity, reading, fine and gross motor skills, connection, and comprehension.
While most agree that creativity and art are essential elements of a child's curriculum, often, many parents are guilty of putting them on the back burner. It is time that parents realize that this approach could actually impact the child's development negatively.
Let's look at the role that art plays in overall child development.
Why is art beneficial?
According to educators, art may be helpful in teaching and understanding other important subjects like reading, writing, arithmetic, and science. Additionally, it promotes the growth of neural pathways, problem-solving abilities, and fine motor skills.
According to therapists, children can process their world through art, deal with sometimes frightening emotions safely, and receive essential sensory input.
Art, according to artists, is essential for its own sake, both as a source of beauty and expression and a way to express oneself.
Kids tell us that creating art is enjoyable.
Parents tell us that art is essential to their families because it helps with the sometimes challenging transitions of the day and keeps everyone interested and happy.
Creativity is tied closely to art, and creativity is now often regarded as one of the most critical aspects of the success of people, groups, and cultures.
Art is essential, if somewhat ethereal, and children learn far more effectively in all subjects if they engage in hands-on art activities.
Making art is an excellent way for kids to thrive.
- Boost creativity through art.
Artistic thinking refers to connecting two seemingly unconnected ideas in new and exciting ways and thinking outside the box. Creative thinking forms the foundation for resolving significant problems and various breakthroughs.
Our children's success and our planet's health depend on their ability to think creatively. We face enormous difficulties, including race strife, wars, climate change, and mass extinctions. Every day, people, businesses, and governments look for innovative solutions.
Our world needs more and better thinkers.
- Neural connections facilitation by art.
Depending on the activity, art can use all the senses, including sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Neural connections are encouraged by art. As kids experiment and create by squishing paint between their fingers, blending colours and materials, or sketching from their imaginations or what they see in front of them, their brain synapses are firing nonstop.
- Art builds fine motor skills.
Kids' fine motor abilities improve as they work on arts and crafts. Paintbrush, drawing dots and lines, mixing colours, cutting with scissors, controlling glue sticks, rolling playdough, and tearing paper—all these activities require increasing agility and coordination. Regardless, they are so rewarding and fun that children want to keep doing them.
- Writing starts with scribbling.
In the beginning, babies and young children scribble back and forth randomly. However, the more they scratch, the more control they have over how the crayon moves over the paper.
Children who can control their scribbling can eventually make every shape required to write every letter of the alphabet, regardless of the alphabet.
- Art helps develop the Art of Solving problems.
Open-ended, process-based art offers countless opportunities for making decisions, drawing conclusions, rethinking options, and assessing outcomes.
To be creative and confident, a child must learn to think flexibly and become more comfortable with uncertainty. Additionally, they are more inclined to experiment with unique combinations and concepts the more expertise they have with a variety of materials and processes.
- Kids learn introspection through art.
Children take in an enormous amount of new information and need to absorb it safely and thoughtfully. They can deal emotionally with little and significant life situations exposed to art.
Art is an outlet for emotions. Children can express themselves through movement, picture, colour, line, and imagination. They may find it easier and more comfortable than words, or it may be something that words cannot express adequately. Ideas and feelings can be managed and reduced to a manageable size.
When we encourage our kids to explore art, we help them learn how to control their actions via various tools and approaches. We offer them a variety of options to interact.
- Art offers connection
Art transcends boundaries set by race, religion, language & awkwardness. When kids don't know each other, art provides a common ground.
Art & Crafts helps open one's mind both for creative thinking and problem-solving. It teaches the habit of learning, preparation to succeed and exploration. Arts & Crafts are not only for children, but they are equally beneficial well across age groups. So, which craft are you adopting?