We all know that art is a better choice than some of technology’s alternatives. But do you really know why art is so important to your child’s development?
Studies have shown that art increases creativity. This may seem obvious but through art children will learn to express themselves better than math or science. Creativity allows children self-expression: to be in control of choices and manage consequences that come with it.
Art has also been proven to improve academic performance. The skills they learn through art spill over into academic achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
Art enhances a child’s ability to make decisions. Learning how to make decisions, make a plan and enact that plan will help them in all facets of life.
Finally, art makes kids empathetic. It helps them see others’ points of view. Discussing art and one another’s work helps kids see the good in things and understand different perspectives.
With cutbacks to arts programs throughout Canadian schools it’s important to be creative with your children. Allow them to see you in creative situations and ask them to be a part (making a cake, arranging flowers, writing place cards) in addition to providing them with art materials and a dedicated workspace. Art makes kids well rounded, thoughtful little people.
Now who wouldn’t want that for their kids?