My birthday is coming up and I was thinking about what I’d like to receive as gifts from my family. I’m really into artsy things right now. I was looking at some Tombow dual tip brush markers, some thin washi tape for my bullet journal, some paper for tangling on different colors, and some books on lettering.
Plan for the Mess
All of this got me to thinking about art and its benefits. I did a quick search on google and found LOTS of information. First let me say that providing your children, no matter what their age, with art supplies is very important. Another important factor, is to know that there will be mess involved and prepare for it. Maybe you could pick up a shower curtain liner at Dollar Tree and use it as a table cover and another for a floor cover.
Provide places where your children can feel free to scribble. If you are so inclined, you could paint a section of wall with chalkboard paint but I wouldn’t recommend that for young children . . . they probably wouldn’t understand why they can draw on the wall one place and not others.
From my search I found that art and crafting is beneficial for fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and even just processing their feelings.
I also discovered at this website that it is better to notice that a child used a lot of one color and ask why or ask the child to tell you about their piece, rather than just saying it is good. Art can help concentration too, according to this and this page. Of course there are other benefits listed on each of those as well.
I think my negative feelings towards art stemmed from art class in school where you were graded on your piece. I’m a very tough critic of my own work but I think some of that stems from art class and my work being compared to others. I think it is important to gauge a child’s effort on an art project and not necessarily the end result, when considering any kind of grading.
I’d give you all the links I found but they were really the first page of links after searching “benefits of art to children” on google. But overall they seemed to agree that confidence, problem-solving, focus, creativity, and self-expression.
Finally, art can help the brain build bridges connecting its left and right hemispheres and thus helping them to do better in all their studies.
So during these summer months, you might want to provide your children with some new supplies to keep them occupied.
Until next time, God bless,