Arts Help Children Develop Across Domains
The benefits of an early exposure to art and its practice have been established quite firmly over a period of time. Creative or visual arts are known to help children in all aspects of their development. It is, therefore important for child care providers in any and every capacity to plan some creative activities with the child’s overall development in mind. Some of the more concrete ways to understand how creative art helps children develop across domains, the following might help.
When the children are introduced to creative pursuits, the care providers are essentially guiding them through large and small muscle development. Additionally the hand-eye coordination improves substantially as the children engage in artistic endeavors. Tools for coloring or creating artworks like crayons, paint brushes, markers, pencils and more help them practice fine motor skills which eventually assists them in writing.
In an age of small families and protective parents the development of children on a social level may suffer due to lack of social interaction on a free platform. In an art class when children work in close proximity or in collaborative projects, they learn to share, to communicate with others, to recognize their responsibility to clean up, and to out all the art supplies away after they are done. These are all vital social learnings.
The young ones dabbling in the arts learn myriad things associated with the activities they pursue. Apart from learning the names of colors and shapes, they observe what happens when they mix colors to achieve a new one. The older ones can be engaged in activities like observing and experiencing through the sensory organs an object of nature like a tree and then draw or paint, thus honing and sharpening their observation skills that are then needed and employed in almost all kinds of learning and then in their chosen careers.
To express or learn to express takes some time for most and children have it all the more so with limited vocabulary and lesser audience. Art has been an excellent mode of communication and expression for children when they find limitations with words. They may draw things way out of proportions, highlighting things that they love by drawing them bigger. The value and appreciation that the child finds in adults through his art, helps them with their self-esteem and sense of being.
Imagination and exploration
Art comes with no sets of rules or big dos and don’ts. Children have found arts liberating. This is where their imagination takes flight and they are encouraged to give it form and explore all dimensions that they can think of. Through active experimentation and explorative techniques that the children may even discover on their own, they open their minds up to new possibilities that might actually enable them to innovate in their chosen career paths later.
It is imperative that as a child care provider in any capacity to give free rein to children. It is important that they get a safe environment physically, emotionally, socially and creatively so that their all-round development is only enhanced with the creative inputs from a liberating yet guided arts program.