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Making art and fostering creativity is important for the development of fundamental social and cognitive skills. Here's some fun and easy ways to get crafty at home!

Written by: Sharon Donnellan  

Art is important to help our children develop essential skills, time to express themselves is also good for overall health and well-being. Giving your child a creative outlet can help relieve stress and work through things happening in their lives. By encouraging artistic expression, you can help facilitate learning.

 

 

The Benefits of Art

 

Making art also builds children's self-esteem by giving them opportunities to express what they are thinking and feeling. What's important in any creative act is the process of self-expression. Creative experiences can help children express and cope with their feelings.

 

Creativity also fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, and new ways of thinking and problem-solving.

 

 

 

  • Making choices: Children are able to choose for themselves what to use.
  • Art is a natural activity to support free play in children.
  • Cognitive: The children are using their thinking skills.
  • Self-esteem: When children see that they are trusted to create on their own this creates a great feeling about themselves as they see that others trust them.
  • Initiative: Children that have self-esteem also have lots of initiative to work on their own making them very self-reliant.

 

“Whether it’s a grade two child or a kindergarten child, pasting, cutting, sticking with masking tape, designing, thinking, stapling, balancing cardboard boxes together, creating a house, a skyscraper, a bus or simply just experimenting with the range of materials, collage is one of the most popular and fun learning centres in a play based curriculum. The use of natural materials, exploring the texture, working out how to stick bits together, designing, planning, preparing, discussing ideas, practising fine motor and eye hand skills, are all part of the rich learning and skill development that occurs in this area. The use of a wide range of materials assists with children’s vocabulary, conceptual development, general level of creativity and experiences with a rich range of resources to create, imagine and explore.”

 

Kathy Walker

 
 
 
Art Activities
 
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Make & Create
  • Threading
  • Finger Painting
  • Fence Painting - on paper or with water, paint the fence
  • Leaf rubbings & tracing
  • Collage - pasting
  • Using old and empty boxes to make a dollhouse / robot / musical instruments

 

Making art also builds children's self-esteem by giving them opportunities to express what they are thinking and feeling. What's important in any creative act is the process of self-expression. Creative experiences can help children express and cope with their feelings.

 

Creativity also fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, and new ways of thinking and problem-solving.

 

Art is a natural activity to support free play in children.

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