In school, most of your child’s education is probably focused on math, science, and language arts. It is important to remember, however, that there is so much more just waiting to be discovered. Introducing your kids to art will open up a whole new world for them and it may awaken an inner creativity. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of introducing your kids to art and how to do it.
What Are the Benefits of Art for Kids?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so everyone has their own unique taste in art. Studies show, however, that art in general can be extremely beneficial for children – both in viewing it and creating it. Encouraging children to create art builds their fine motor skills and boosts neural development – it can also enhance problem-solving skills. All of these benefits are likely to carry over into other aspects of your child’s education, increasing their mastery of core subjects like math and science.
Outside the scope of academics, art is a means of expression and it can be a way for children to process difficult emotions and to make sense of their world.
Tips for Introducing Your Kids to Art
It is never too early to introduce your children to art. Though you may balk at the idea of taking a young child to a museum, experiences such as these can literally shape your child’s mind. Museums are a great place to introduce your child to art – here are some tips to make your first visit a success:
- Give your child a snack on the way to the museum so they don’t get distracted by hunger during the visit.
- Focus on spending a good bit of time looking at a few works of art instead of rushing through the entire museum.
- Limit your visit to an hour or for as long as your child is able to behave well and be engaged by the art.
- Check the museum’s website before you go to see whether they have recommendations for children and families.
After you return home from your museum visit, try to engage your children in conversation about the art they saw. Ask them questions about the art and give them an opportunity to make some art of their own. Try making your own homemade modeling clay and encourage your child to build a sculpture.
If your children are a little older, give them a set of paints and some paper to create their own masterpieces. While they work, give your children plenty of encouragement and maybe even make a work of art for yourself!
Once you’ve broken the ice and introduced your child to the world of art, don’t stop! Look for other opportunities in your city to experience the creative arts.
Take your kids on a tour of the city to look at different murals or public works of art and check out some other museums as well. The world of art is vast and varied, so take advantage of all it has to offer!