The Importance of Art in Child Development

In an article for PBS, Grace Lynch stated that although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Creating art expands a child’s ability to interact with the world around them, and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. Not only does art help to develop the right side of the brain.

Though arts and crafts may seem like fun and games (and they are) children learn a lot through exploring the arts and doing art activities.

Some of the developmental benefits of art are:

- Motor skills

- Language development

- Decision Making

- Visual learning

- Inventiveness

- Cultural awareness

- Improved academic performance

Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.

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