Research has shown that sustained engagement in the creative arts (art, music, drama) contributes to the overall cognitive development of children (smarter kids)! Art is also a great opportunity for children to cultivate creativity, patience and attention span as well as a healthy and therapeutic hobby to have. Here are 5 tips on how you can start encouraging art & creativity for your children at home!
1. SET UP A ART TABLE OR EASEL AT HOME
Eversince we have created a small desk where our girls can sit down and create with simple art supplies nearby, we have personally witnessed an increased interest and engagement in art, and even initiations to create from our girls! We recommend the following children's tables from Ikea : i) The LATT Children's table and ii) FILSAT children's table. Both of us love the FILSAT table for it's versatility as it can also be used to conduct sensory play activities and/or storage of supplies using the TROFAST trays (also from IKEA!)
2. MAKE ART/CREATIVE SUPPLIES EASILY AVAILABLE
[Photo credits - left to right: Naturalbeachliving website, IKEA website, @littlebrainfarm instagram]
Depending on your preferences and available space, we recommend using an "Art/Supplies Trolley" (first pic from left) or an "Art/Supplies Caddy" (second pic) to organise your art/creative supplies in one place. Both of us organise our art/creative materials in an trolley from IKEA. Having supplies and materials organized in one place is a game changer for us as we no longer scramble to find our materials or supplies whenever we want to use them (Previously we were storing them all over the house!). This has also helped our children to develop a sense of independency as we encourage them to keep the supplies back into the trolley after their activities.
3. SHOW PRIDE IN YOUR CHILD'S WORK
Displaying your child's artwork shows them that you value their creative efforts and encourages their confidence for art and creativity. When children see their artwork on display, they are proud and have a sense of ownership and belonging. This helps to affirm their self esteem, thoughts, ideas and imagination, on top of beautifying the home space!
4. FOCUS ON EFFORTS AND PROCESS
It doesn't matter if your child wants to pain the lion green, or she ends up doing messy hand printing when you have intended her to use a certain tool. Young children are naturally inclined to enjoy the process of creating and do not have an end outcome in mind when they create. Allowing your kids to enjoy the process of creation without setting any expectations on the outcomes/products encourages them to use their imagination and creativity more!
5. SET UP INVITATIONS TO CREATE
Invitations to create are simple setups with materials for the child to explore and create at their own pace, with no intended outcome. Simply take a few minutes to arrange some materials on your surface (can be your art table, on a tray, or easel etc). Presenting the materials in an interesting and inviting way helps to spark your child's creativity and curiosity. We show 4 examples of our invitations in the pic above, from left to right: i) Drawing block with dot markers and dot stickers, ii) Circle stencil with markets and foam stickers, iii) Drawing block with fingerprint palette, iv) Construction paper, paper plate, glue and shape cut outs. With time and exposure, your child will feel special and excited to look forward to your simple invitation to create surprises every day!
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