I have a thing about art and little kids…. I think they should do lots of it.
Even though I often don’t want to face a potential mess, or I can’t really be bothered getting out the supplies, or I just don’t feel like supervising my small people when they create…. despite all those things I still think art is important and worth the effort.
Why is art, and being creative important?
Because children are active learners.
That means they learn best by doing.
Creating, whether it be painting, drawing, dancing or whatever is all about doing.
Art doesn’t teach one isolated skill set, it allows children to practices, integrate and explore a variety of skills and concepts. Art is all about pre-reading and pre-writing skills, all about fine motor control and large muscle movement. When we create we practice and refine all kinds of maths, science and problem solving skills. We experiment, sort out spatial awareness and use both sides of our brain. Art doesn’t discriminate, it allows us to be who we are and express how we feel. It encourages creative thinking, innovation, social skills, positive self esteem and it’s fun.
It doesn’t have to be a fancy art project, it doesn’t even have to be super messy…. just get out some crayons and some paper and draw.
Here are some other art ideas for small people (and bigger ones too)…
Drawing with a toddler.
Drawing with Pastels
Printing with Household objects
Cotton Bud Painting, Collage and Foil Collage
Learning to Cut with Scissors
What’s in our every day art cupboard.
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Please take the time to visit the other participants and check out their posts on "Art."
- CatWay at Adventures With Kids is getting the most out of a trip to the art gallery with ideas of how to prepare children and interest them while they are there.
- Mamapoekie from Authentic Parenting argues for the importance of art and why we should be encouraging it as our children get older.
- Miss Carly from Early Childhood Resources talks about how to create an environment that encourages young children to explore art.
- Sharon at Hear Mum Roar has done a fantastic video post by getting her children to do an activity two different ways and letting you see the very different results.
- Amanda at HomeAge has been admiring art with her daughter since she was a baby, taking her to several art exhibitions and reading books.
- Kate from Picklebums talks about why art is important for little people and has a huge list of activities you can try.
- The Planning Queen from Planning With Kids has tips for visiting the art gallery with kids, including links to different galleries and some ideas for activities afterwards.
- Colin Wee at Super Parents is thinking about his son's musicality as he learns to play the violin.
- Deb from Science@home has her children investigating materials while making sculptures and bravely let the 2 year old use a hot glue gun.
- Leechbabe from Stuff with Thing started out looking at patterns in nature, but the activity changed because she followed her children's lead.
- Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey has used an indoor activity, giving her children magazines to cut out and create collages.