Everyone knows that Art is a means of expressing oneself, and children, especially preschoolers, have a hard time expressing their feelings and say things they genuinely want while being understood. Since spoken language may be a daunting task for them at this age, Art works is an integral tool for them to express and help with their development. Children are naturally inquisitive, and they require a creative outlet to explore, observe, express and excel in trying to make sense of things around them. Art not only allows them to foster a strong connection with other parts of their body but helps to learn how to deal with external stressors from a very young age.
Benefits of Art for preschoolers
The freedom to create, manipulate, and experiment allows them to excel in self-discovery, environmental discovery and future endeavors. It may sound unrealistic and too good to be true, but Art for centuries now has played a crucial role in character developments and sharpen many skills. And there is no better age to ensure a great start of these essential skills/traits than the age of preschooler. Therefore to spread awareness and shine the light on the importance of learning and doing art, here are some of the benefits preschoolers gain through engaging in art.
Art can help develop problem-solving skills for kids
Art allows children to be original, discover new outlook, be innovative and have intellectual properties. The ability to think out of the box helps foster problem-solving skills, which is crucial in this day and age. It opens opportunities for various avenues and allows to work towards striking possibilities to cater to issues in the best possible way. Problem-solving skill stems from creativity, an attribute facilitated by art that gives birth to flexible thinkers with the drive to change the world through contemporary means.
Kids could practice their cognitive thinking
Cognitive development is very important for a child as it helps them learn theoretical and practical skills such as to cause and effect. Art also fosters critical thinking skills, aid in Visual learning, improves concentration and is reported that children who have been associated with art are found to have higher IQ levels compared to those who didn’t.
Children can develop social skills by taking art classes
Having social and life skills are vital for progression and success in life, and art can help in achieving that. Art allows kids to connect with one another through appreciation and criticism of their work. It helps them to find a common ground and to encourage teamwork and collaboration. This helps to improve social skills, ensure that children get equipped in taking criticism well, improves overall behavior and works towards better the ability of conflict resolution. Often art projects require following direction, and as early as this skill is embedded, a better promising future is guaranteed and not to mention, art promotes a sense of responsibility in kids.
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Art could help with language skills
Children are expected to describe and take about their artwork, their process, idea and what they want to express. Listening to others and talking about their work helps with developing language skills. It helps them to form proper sentences, learn new vocabulary, helps with comprehension skills while results in overall development and improvement in literacy (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
Allows kid to improve their motor skills
Having good motor skills is very important as it lays the foundation of body movements. Art, whether done through painting, drawing, pottery or more, helps ease the muscles and allows the body to be in control. It also helps to improve hand to eye coordination.
Creating art helps with character development
Art has proven from time to time of helping children is improving and building their personality and identity. Art in all forms helps children learn perseverance and patience, which helps them empathize and develop emotional intelligence. With this trait, along with exploring self-expression and risk-taking, encourages them to reflect and introspect their actions which ultimately makes them socially, emotionally and self-aware resulting in a boost of confidence.
Art can help with children’s emotional well-being
Kids often are confused with the trajectory of thing progressing, which makes them cranky and uneasy. That is why engaging them with art helps; it provides them with a sense of purposes, helping in bonding and community building, reduces stress, provides a sense of stability, and works as a relaxation activity. Interestingly enough, it helps kids to discover the scope of their life and the passion, whether it is in art or anything else.
Art can promote awareness for kids
Children absorb new information relatively fast and with an open mind; the earlier the children are exposed to important things, the fewer chances are there of them being hostile to it. And art is an excellent source of imparting wisdom and making them socially and culturally aware without overwhelming them. Using art can help children be acquainted with different traditions and cultures, allowing them to understand and accepting that world is not homogenous and being different is normal and good. Art has also been proven to develop a sense of equality and justice in young minds, which has shown promising result in controlling anger management and preventing bullying.
Preschoolers can improve academic performance with art
Many parents tend to distance their children from art as they are under the impression that art hinders academic learning. And it may be a popular opinion, but it’s the wrong one. Art has, over the years, shown promising results in improving the overall academic performance. Art helps students with different styles of learning and helps kids with sensory disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD to concentrate better. Not to mention, art in many schools is part of the curriculum, so being in art helps them do good in school anyway. Moreover, it has shown children being acquainted with art foster regular school attendance and reduces chances of drop rate extensively. And with all the other advantages mentioned above, they all play a crucial role in children’s overall life, whether it is academic or practical life.
There is no denying that there is a stigma around Arts and crafts, but if you look closely with open eyes, the endless possibilities of improvement and success in every aspect of life are exceptional.
From helping to learn, to express to excel, art plays a crucial role in a child’s development and to ensure a well-rounded kid, there is no better assistive tool than Art.
Art is a holistic assistive tool, and whether people believe in the benefits it provides, especially to children or not, it should still be accessible to children for the mere reason of fun, relaxation and engagement.
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