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Importance of Arts in Child Development

We all will fairly agree on the fact that education in India has slowly shifted towards the common core subjects of the arts like Music therapy, art therapy and fine arts for teaching math and other subjects in a way that is understood to a child for a lifetime instead of only rote learning. It is important for parents to not only nurture academics but also grow an eye for art in their children. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they are growing up.

Developmental Benefits of Art

Motor Skills: Several motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. This way parents and teachers can gauge if the child is developing its milestones at the right time.

Language Development: Every time we create something using the means of art, it provides us with an opportunity to learn various colours, shapes, actions, and words. Toddlers by the age of 1.5 to 2years can also be taught simple activities such as crumpling of the paper and babbling the words “ball.” These small things when inculcated the child reaps benefits which further helps to enhance their vocabulary.

Decision Making: Which colour to be used for what? What brush will work for a small image to be painted? All these experiences of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art helps in various aspects of ones life. It also helps a child strengthen their self-concept.

Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and the threading of beads on a string, all work towards the development of visual-spatial skills which hold significant importance. In the age of Smart Technology, toddlers today operate smartphones and gadgets earlier than expected. The visual aspects of the technology help in their development. The cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television help and enhance the development of the children if utilized in the right manner.

Resourcefulness: When children are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that shall be resourceful in their growing years.

Cultural Awareness: Every culture has its own artistic as well as symbolic meaning. Thus, exposing children to various cultures through art helps them understand different perspectives of different cultures. They are not bind by the staple definitions of culture but have the opportunity to express themselves and their understanding through art.

Improved Academic Performance: Art is included as one of the primary subjects in most schools as it has proven to help children improve their academic performance. Children get to explore their artistic side which may further to lead to perceiving education in a more accepted and positive manner.