It’s official, I’ve become a blogger! And, yes you’ve guessed it, my first blog is about Art and it’s EPIC benefits!
I have to admit that it was a subject which held little interest to me at school, drawing bowls of fruit just didn’t appeal to me. However since having my own kids I’ve been increasingly surprised by just how much fun art can be! Okay, we’re not creating Monet worthy masterpieces but we are having a lot of fun and my kids are developing all kinds of skills and they don’t even realize!
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Yes, my Husband gets upset when he looks in the mirror to discover he’s been sitting in a meeting with glitter on his face and that my supplies are taking up more and more space in ‘his’ garage, but I wouldn’t change a thing! I’ve watched my kids develop into inventive, inquisitive, creative, confident explorers and I couldn’t be happier.
It’s never too early to get your little ones involved in art! The beneficial effects of art can be seen in babies as young as 6 months! There’s been a lot written about how art enhances creativity, imagination and self-esteem but far less said about how art actually helps develop critical thinking, cognitive and fine and gross motor skills.
The U.S. Secretary of Education published a report on ‘The Value Added Benefits of Art‘ — he goes on to say that:
“Studies have shown that arts teaching and learning can increase students cognitive and social development.”
Not only that, Art can be a sociable experience and an awesome aid to communication and language skills. Art isn’t only about emotion, color and aesthetics, but also about rhythm, patterns and problem solving. It’s a fantastic way for kids to have fun and express themselves and fire their imaginations. Even at the tender age of 6 months a baby’s first mark making is an expression of themselves when they’re not quite ready to talk yet!
On that note I’m off to throw some more glitter around and leave you with a cute little diagram which I think tells you all you need to know!