Public schools across the country are finding their arts and music programs cut due to budgetary problems. While art classes are the first to go when money is tight, this might not be best for children. Art actually offers many benefits in childhood development, and these benefits follow children into adulthood. Failing to foster creativity in children is ignoring some of the most important parts of their development.
Fortunately, school isn’t the only place your child can express his or her creativity. If you encourage artistic expression at home, your child will be able to develop important skills for his or her future. Confidence, diligence, and thinking outside of the box are just a few of the skills children develop from making art. Art also helps express feelings which may be difficult to be put into words. When you create an environment where your child feels safe and supported expressing herself creatively, you’re teaching her that her emotional world is important.
If you’re not artistically inclined yourself, it can be difficult to think of how to encourage your children to make art. What are some ways you can help your child creatively? [Read more…] about Encouraging Creativity in Your Children