Five Reasons Why Art is Important for your Kids

August 09, 2017

Art is just as important as Math, Reading, and other common core subjects. Helping your child create and appreciate visual and art is not just a luxury, but an important building block for them to grow and develop. Here are some of the developmental benefits of art.

1.      Fine motor skills

·         Motions in making art such as holding a paintbrush, scribbling with a crayon, and grasping chalks are helpful in developing their motor muscles. These motions also help improve their writing and dexterity.

2.      Language Development

·         Just by simply talking about their artwork provides children opportunities to learn descriptive words for colors, shapes, and actions. They can also harness their skills in being communicative in discussing their feelings for their creations.

3.      Cognitive Development

·         Through art, children develop their skills like patterning and cause and effect (e.g. “If I push very hard with a crayon, the color is darker.”). By making a mental plan or picture of what they intend to create, they are already practicing their critical thinking skills.

4.      Math Skills

·         Children will be more exposed to concepts like size, shape, making comparisons, counting, and spatial reasoning which can help them understand better mathematic concepts.

­In addition to all these developmental benefits, art also helps them to be more expressive. Free expression is good for your children’s overall health and well-being. Also, by providing them a creative outlet and encouraging artistic expression, you can help facilitate learning.

So, get that crayon and support your child’s artistic journey now!

 

Source: Rymanowicz, K. (2015, January 22). The art of creating: why art is important for early childhood development. Retrieved from http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/the_art_of_creating_why_art_is_important_for_early_childhood_development.

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