What do you remember most about growing up? Besides summer vacation with family and playing with friends, you remember drawing or making something homemade for your parents. From drawing pictures of your family to making homemade Mother’s Day cards, the fact is, arts is a big contribution to our growing up.
Art is actually the first thing your child really explores besides toys. Parents look forward to their toddler picking up a crayon for the first time and scribbling on a piece of paper. We look forward to every homemade Mother’s Day Card or cool drawings you can put on the fridge. I know many mothers who have stacks and stacks of everything their child has drawn or handmade, stored away to show them when they become adults. We treasure it more than what money can buy.
As we know, our brains consist of two parts, the left side, and right side. The right side is where we stimulate the creative process, music, creativity, art; and process things holistically. Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between childhood engagement with the creative arts and success later in life.
Did you know that children who were exposed to a wide variety of arts and crafts are more likely to create unique inventions that are worthy of patents? Some come up with ideas good enough to start a new company! Researchers also suggest that children exposed to arts and crafts are able to think “out of the box” since a lot of working with hands involve figuring out how to solve problems creatively.
With summer right around the corner, it would be good to encourage your child’s artistic creativity. Here are some cool ways you can help stimulate your child’s artistic nature:
- Art Museums. If your child has a love for art that goes beyond drawings, take them to an art museum. Check your local listings for art museums that are kid friendly. What I enjoy about kid museums is that there are some that have art classes in them. You can take an art class and really explore that creative side and be in the midst of some amazing artwork.
- Take Up an Art Class. This summer would be a great time to sign your kids up for art class. With budget cuts going around and schools having to cut back on the art programs, taking your kid to a summer class will satisfy their creative education.
- Keep Art Alive at Home. Always make arts and crafts supplies available and accessible to your kid – paper, pencil, crayons, etc. Creativity starts at home.
- Hang Up Their Artwork for Everyone to See! Celebrate your child’s artwork. Hang their drawings on the wall, that way your child feels that their creation is important.
- Reading Stimulation. Ask the librarian at your public library to suggest books about artists and the arts. Not only is drawing and painting important but learning about artist and art is also important.
These are some of the ways you can encourage your children’s love for art. Art is just as important as math and science. Keep up with your child and their creative nature. Be their cheerleader and advocate for the arts. There is a need for more artists and creative people in this world.
These steps will help guide your children in the right direction with the arts. Have fun and get down and create art with your children. There is nothing more special than a parent and child bond especially if crayons and paint are involved.