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.