January 25, 2020
Did you know that art activities help children develop more than just drawing and painting skills? Creative activities encourage them to develop mentally, socially, and emotionally. They learn how to express themselves in their own unique way and to be innovative, which benefits them in all aspects of life. Here are some ways you can foster a creative mind in your children.
Creating art may boost young children's ability to analyze and problem-solve in myriad ways, according to Mary Ann F. Kohl, author of Primary Art: It's the Process, Not the Product.
As kids manipulate a paintbrush, their fine motor skills improve. By counting pieces and colours, they learn the basics of math. When children experiment with materials, they dabble in science.
Most important perhaps, when kids feel good while they are creating, art helps boost genuine self-confidence. And children who feel able to experiment and to make mistakes feel free to invent new ways of thinking, which extends well beyond the craft room, into the school years and beyond.
5 Ways to Inspire Creativity
Foster process-focused art with advice from Leslie Bushara, deputy director for education at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.
1. Prepare for a mess. Set up an art space where your kid can be free to experiment (and get messy!), advises Bushara. Throw a drop cloth or a newspaper on top of your kitchen table or in the garage. If weather permits, let kids paint outside.
2. Be open. Instead of saying, "Paint a rainbow," encourage her to "experiment with mixing colors using different types of brushes and paper," suggests Bushara.
3. Ask questions. Instead of giving a generic compliment, Bushara recommends saying, "I see you used a lot of purple. Why did you choose that color?"
4. Explore your child's process. Often the best way to encourage conversation about your child's art is simply to say, "Tell me about what you made," or ask, "Did you have fun making it?"
5. Let it be. When a child finishes a piece, it's important for a child to feel that what she's created is enough—even if it's just a dot on the page.
In our art class and in every day activities, here at Discovery Point Nursery and Academy, our daycare in Woodbridge, Vaughan we foster art and creativity for the children in our care. We encourage them to explore their imagination, develop motor skills and enjoy the process of creating.