The importance of creative art in childhood education

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The importance of creative art in childhood education

“Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority.” – Bill Hewlett

Many view art simply as a hobby for children – an activity that just keeps them busy, while being creative, but with little potential to educate or aid in their development. However, a high number of studies have proved that regular participation in art activities aids children in developing important skills. Here are three areas in which art will help develop and nurture a growing child:

1. Mental development

Arts and craft activities provide fun and interactive ways for children to naturally learn and remember. Art encourages children to learn about colours, textures, shapes, and even measuring and basic counting, making for an early and fun start to numeracy development. A child’s concentration skills are also developed through listening to a teacher, learning to understand instructions and by focusing on the task at hand. Art is beneficial to a child’s language and literacy development; creating art and talking about it offers opportunities to grow a child’s vocabulary and use of descriptive words.

2. Physical development

Cutting, holding a brush, tearing a paper and colouring: these are some of the activities in art that are essential in growing a child’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Through art, a child can achieve physical developmental milestones in a relaxed, creative and fun environment. Learning to draw with proper pencil grip and cutting out shapes at an early age later benefits a child when they learn to write.

3. Creative development

Through arts and crafts, children learn to express their imagination – giving them freedom to explore their ideas. Art encourages a child to experiment with different materials and invent new methods and techniques to achieve a certain outcome. This not only makes for young inventors and scientists, but boosts their self confidence in taking on future tasks – a crucial life skill. Important life tools which art also encourage are problem-solving and the persistence to complete a task, despite some frustrations or setbacks during the process.