We know that when kids make art, it promotes creativity and creativity is critical to a child’s development. However, art has many other benefits for children as well including giving toddlers opportunities to practice fine motor skills and improving patience & attention span. It’s also a healthy hobby to cultivate & inspires continued interest in the arts when they are older. Sustained engagement in the creative arts (music, drama, art included) has been proven by science to help in development of the brain’s attention system which does contribute to overall cognitive development (smarter kids)!
Here are 5 ways on how you can start encouraging art & creativity at home:
1. Set up a Dedicated Art Table or Space
ever since we created a space (small desk with art supplies nearby) where our girls can sit and create, we’ve witnessed increased engagement in art and often, our girls will initiate to create!
2. Make Creative supplies easily available
For toddlers, we recommend crayons, dot markers, stickers, scraps of coloured paper, washi tape, glue sticks. If you’re not comfortable with messier materials like paint, you can keep them contained in transparent boxes or on higher grounds that they can’t reach, so it’s still visible but only available on request basis (we do this for our 2yo+ girls).
3. Show pride in your child’s work
Display your child’s work prominently in their art space. It motivates them to feel proud of their art, and encourages them to create more.
4. Focus on the process, not the outcome
It doesn’t matter if you child wants to paint the lion green, or she ends up doing messy hand printing when u intended to have her use a certain tool. Toddlers often do not have an end product in mind when they create, and are more focused on the process. Allowing your kids to enjoy the process of creation will encourage them to engage more with art at home.
5. Set up Invitations to Create
If your child does not show interest in initiating art, you can encourage them by laying out simple materials on the table for them to explore.