5 reasons why art and creative play activities are SO important for babies, toddlers and children…
Whether it is paint, glue, glitter, squidging, squishing or modelling, children love them all! However, the daunting prospect of cleaning up afterwards put many parents off doing art and creative activities with their young ones. Despite that, here are 5 GREAT reasons to let your little ones bring their imaginations to life, however messy that may be…
1) To develop their motor skills!
Baby ARTventurers will build up their hand-eye coordination with activities such as stacking, scooping, stirring and pouring, whilst squidging and moulding are great for muscle tone! For the older ARTventurers, playing with paint and using scissors all help to develop hand muscles and fine motor skills to prepare them for writing. An ARTventurers favourite is painting with GIANT balls – rolling them in paint and then across the paper – which is brilliant for co-ordination and team work!
2) To help with their communication!
Art and creative play is a fantastic way for babies and toddlers to interact with grown-ups and other children, whilst learning new words and phrases. Making marks on various materials is your child’s way of expressing themselves to you visually, while talking about shapes and colours helps pre-school language skills. Our FAB ARTventurers classes incorporate music making and singing too!
3) To allow them to express their feelings!
Painting and modelling (or just simply exploring a messy play tray during an ARTventurers class) allows little ones to express themselves when their verbal language skills are not fully developed yet! Active creative play also enables kids to release energy and it is a great stress reliever and can be GREAT for frustrated toddlers. Studies show that this can help with biting problems too!
4) To improve their self-esteem!
The main aim of ARTventurers is to develop and encourage ‘confident explorers’, so all sessions are designed with children’s natural curiosity in mind! Here at ARTventurers, we strongly believe in the value of free-flowing activities and the benefits they can have on our little artists. We believe that there is no right or wrong way to do messy play, so long as everyone is having FUN! This approach to creativity helps build self-confidence – as does putting their artwork on the fridge to show it off!
5) To learn to be hands-on!
Children learn by using their senses and so the sensory, hands-on nature of art makes it a great tool! It enables children to learn about the amazing world by DOING – mixing paint, colours, drawing and painting objects such as animals! Trying out different tools and materials in an ARTventurers class increases sensory stimulation which is vital for brain development!