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It’s easy to look at a child’s art and take it at face value — a mix of colors or mediums with a subject that may or may not be immediately discernible to us. But when we look deeper into the benefits of art in fostering creativity and improved academic performance, that pencil drawing becomes something else entirely. At Stone Brook Academy, art is a vital part of our preschool curriculum, and we want you to know why we value arts and crafts so highly.
Art And Creativity
Creativity is a wonderful trait to foster in children and adults and it comes with a long list of benefits. With arts and crafts, creativity can improve memory in preschool children, which will help them at their current age and when they’re starting kindergarten.
Allowing your child to express themselves through art, music, or drama helps your child develop innovative and out-of-the-box thinking. This is essential in later life, even if they don’t carry on with a hobby like painting. Creativity and creative thought can be applied to the sciences and technologies as well as fine arts.
Art And Development
If art can help preschoolers improve their memory, what else can it do? Creativity and expression aside, art plays a pivotal role in early development and preparation for academic activity. Here are just some of the ways art benefits your young child.
Art helps preschoolers to recognize patterns, execute their mental ideas, and explore logical cause and effect relationships. Children may group paints by color, drawings by shape, and begin to differentiate between art mediums and how to use them. While this is exceptionally useful for fine arts practice and knowledge, these mental developments foster cognitive developments necessary for kindergarten and beyond.
Although art is its own form of expression, children are often excited to share their ideas and artistic process through words. It’s a wonderful time for parents to get involved and have conversations with their child about their art, and there’s a myriad of new vocabulary words you can teach them along the way.
Fine Motor Skills Development
Children learn to draw before they learn to write. By putting a pencil, crayon, or paintbrush into a child’s hand, they are learning fine motor control without anyone needing to teach them. They will experiment with different brush or pen pressures and holds, and they will find writing a much easier task after having extensive practice with art.
Basic Math Understanding
Through art, children are exposed to works containing all sorts of shapes and sizes, allowing them to start making comparisons between art pieces and developing their spatial reasoning skills. Through the counting and sorting of shapes or art materials, they gain hands-on experience with practical basic math.
How Art Fits Into A Preschool Environment
Although preschoolers learn largely by play, that doesn’t mean art can’t be educational. Themed art projects can help inspire your child to create while teaching them about a certain topic. For example, you could collect leaves and twigs from a forest and encourage your child to make art with them, helping them think in innovative ways and learn about the world around them.
It’s a good idea to set up a creative space for your child to explore and express themselves in your home. By keeping materials and paper at the ready, your child can have the independence to choose how they make their art by themselves, teaching responsibility and giving them freedom through their artistic process.
Here at Stone Brook Academy, we keep art at the core of daily activities, letting children learn through their creative endeavors. If you’d like to learn more about us and our preschool curriculum, don’t hesitate to schedule a tour of our facility.