Experts agree arts and crafts are more than just pretty projects to entertain young children and then display on the fridge. They actually help children develop critical skills for success in school and beyond. Manipulating art tools like crayons and paintbrushes helps develop fine motor skills needed for dressing, feeding and handwriting. Creating art also helps kids learn to plan and problem solve as they figure out spatial relations and cause-and-effect relationships. And most importantly, it encourages creativity and develops imagination.
Cultivate an Interest in The Arts
Students who participate in art activities develop creativity, self-discipline and confidence to succeed. Studies show they perform better academically as well. Additional research found that exposing children to the arts at an early age helps them develop a greater appreciation for the arts throughout their lives. So keep art supplies on hand, listen to music, play dress up, and take the family to see a show or visit a museum. There are tons of kid friendly programs out there. It’ll be fun and beneficial.