Art and craft are two things that most schools incorporate as a part of their course for children. At most homes as well, children are actively encouraged to take part in activities like drawing, colouring and small “do it yourself” tasks.
Now, we know that these activities let children explore their creative side and keep them engaged for hours together. But have you considered that these activities involving art and craft are also aiding the development process of children?
Let’s take a look at how!
Why is art important?
Most children love to draw, colour and paint. These activities not only help them to explore their creative sides but also help them to develop all around. Creating art aids mental, social and emotional growth of children. For instance, small things like using a brush for painting can help to develop their motor skills; colouring helps them to build precision when they attempt to stay within the lines etc.
Thus art and craft are as relevant as anything else that children are taught in schools. Toddlers who have been actively encouraged to participate in activities involving art or craft have shown to have more rapid development than others.
How does art and craft help in children’s development?
Here are some aspects of growth that are affected when children take part in activities involving art or craft:
- Developing motor skills: Art and craft aid motor skills, exceptionally fine motor skills. Children need to develop proper coordination of their hands and even feet to draw, colour, paint, cutting shapes and other crafts. These fine motor co-ordinations are also required to help hasten the processes of learning to dress, eat etc.
- Helping to develop flexibility: Self-regulation is one of the crucial skills that children need to improve in their formative years. The virtues of patience and ability to adapt themselves according to the situation are two vital things that children can learn through art. For instance, often with colouring, toddlers might find it difficult to keep within the lines, or with craft, the result may not be as desired; this helps children to accept that things might not always go according to the plan.
- Develops co-ordination: Crafts especially help children to strengthen coordination of their hands or bilateral coordination. Most crafts require kids to engage both their hands in the activity. Thus they develop the ability to use their hands simultaneously for tasks like tying shoelaces, typing (when they are older) etc.
- Nurtures their self-esteem: Helping children to finish a craft project or a drawing and appreciating their efforts gives them the confidence to try new things. Even though it is vital to challenge kids praising them for their accomplishments gives a boost to their self-confidence.
- Helps in cognitive learning: Art and craft are perhaps the most important to help children develop their cognitive skills. Apart from helping them to be creative, art helps them to sharpen their memory and improve their visual skills. For instance, kids can distinguish between various shapes, patterns and colours through art; also, many crafts require them to memorise complicated steps, which help them to develop memory skills.
Therefore it is crucial for every kid to be introduced to art and craft at an early age. They are a vital part of the process of growth for children.