What do you think of when you see a child’s painting? A blank canvas with colors, shapes and squiggles that are haphazardly placed. It doesn’t look like much at first glance. But this is the beauty of art for young children – it isn’t about what meets the eye. Art in early childhood classrooms is so much more than just an activity to keep little ones busy or a decoration on the wall. The benefits of arts experiences FAR outweigh their superficial aesthetic.
Too much of a time, we as adults think about the goal and the result of Art and Craft. However, the attention of young children is not on the end product, but rather the process. This means kids are focused on their own creative ideas and explorations in a way that they will never be able to do at school later on. Art experiences allow for open-ended thinking and exploration so that creativity can thrive!
When we start to let our children focus on the process and the exploratory part of the Art and Craft journey, we see that their creative minds start to flourish. Kids begin actively engaging in these experiences with a purpose and an intentionality, which then allows for great creativity!
We must not forget the social benefits of Art either! Arts & Crafts are such a wonderful way for kids to work cooperatively and create together. In this process, they learn to share with one another and to work with a team so that they can create something together.
Art is an amazing way for children to explore the world around them and see all of life’s possibilities in one moment! Art is a wonderful catalyst for creativity, social skills, self-expression, exploration and discovery as well as problem solving.
This is very different from Mathematics where there isn’t a right or wrong answer, but simply just a tool to your children to express their creativity and show their individuality.
So, take out that blank sheets of paper, a box of crayons and let your children play and explore!