Young Kids Need Arts, Crafts, and Games for Learning More Than You Realize

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Arts, crafts, and games are critical for early childhood learning. There’s a good reason why pre-schools are often centered around these three things, and it’s not just because the children are young. Arts and crafts help children develop motor skills, language skills, and decision-making skills. Simply put, young kids need art for learning.

Children benefit from enhanced motor skills, better language development, decision-making skills, and improved academic performance when they are involved in arts, crafts, and games from a young age. Art and games remain an important factor of learning as children get older too, but it’s something often neglected for the sake of academics. Continue reading more about these benefits and interesting statistics that will make you want to ensure your child spends enough time on the arts.

Enhanced Motor Skills

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Child Using Crayons – Wikki Stix Asia Kids Craft & Educational Toys

Motor skills are essential to humans because it influences how well you perform everyday tasks and thus how prone to injury you are. If you have weak motor skills, then you probably injure yourself often. Tasks as minor as buttoning your shirt and as major as operating a vehicle require motor skills. The National Institutes of Health cites being able to draw a circle and handle scissors as key developmental milestones for three-year-olds.

Of course, your child will still be able to button his shirt and open doors without art classes, but when it comes to more complex tasks like playing sports, driving, and defending himself, he’ll be more effective if his brain was already prepared via arts, crafts, and games throughout childhood. He will master tasks that involve movement of the body more quickly and efficiently.

Better Language Development

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Children Communicating – Wikki Stix Asia Kids Craft & Educational Toys

Participation in arts from early childhood improves language development in children because they learn new words to describe their creations and are challenged to think about the meaning behind what they crafted. It doesn’t have to be anything too complicated. Maybe they drew a picture of a house because they feel loved by their parents. Having them express that in their own simple words encourages language development in their brains.

Decision-Making Skills

children-playing-with-water-wikki-stix-asia-kids-craft-educational-toysGames and art contribute to the development of decision-making skills too. Hide-and-go-seek, for example, improves a child’s problem-solving skills because they must either find everyone who’s hidden or hide in the last spot the other person will look. It causes the child’s brain to work on finding the best place to hide or creative places to check for his/her friends.

Americans for the Arts reported that art education improves problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Decisions must be constantly made in art: what color you choose, how much of that color to use, how thick to draw a line, which medium to use, what the big picture is, etc. Children are allowed to expand their minds, experiment, and generate ideas in art. This helps them with making decisions later in life because they will be able to come up with creative possibilities before finalizing a choice.

Because they have developed decision-making skills since early childhood, they’ll have it easier in other aspects of life too. They could have lower car insurance rates due to never getting into accidents. Put a teen with poor decision-making skills into a new car, and you’ll probably end up with a speeding ticket or worse.

Improved Academic Performance

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Numerous studies have found a correlation between art and academic performance. Many people believe that a person is either artistic or academic, but it’s possible to enjoy the best of both worlds. The key is starting while you’re young. A child should participate in the arts three hours per week in order for his/her academic performance to improve. Americans for the Arts discovered that children who engaged in art for three hours a day on three days a week for one year were four times as likely to be recognized for academic achievement than those who didn’t. Kids need art.

Children should spend significant time on arts, crafts, and games throughout early childhood in order to develop their brains quickly. A child who is deprived of playtime will be deprived of many important skills, such as motor skills, decision-making skills, and language development. Children must also spend several hours per week on art in order to benefit from improved academic achievement. Ensure that your child enjoys a healthy mix of arts, crafts, and games while growing up. It will keep him/her healthy emotionally, mentally, and physically.

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