Before I ever became a mom I knew what one of my biggest struggles would be.
A messy home.
I am admittedly a little OCD when it comes to cleaning. Okay, more than a little.
But I’ve loosened up the past couple of years and now messes in my home are just a part of our crazy life. It also helped that this summer we replaced our carpet with laminate flooring, so they’re even easier to clean up.
My kids love it when I drag out scrap paper, scissors, glue, stamp pads, markers and water colors. They can spend hours creating stuff that only they recognize.
And every creation finds its way on the fridge for a while.
They love it!
And so do I.
It reminds me of the hours my siblings and I spent at our breakfast bar creating stationary sets with the huge stack of old perforated printer paper someone had given us.
There wasn’t anything we couldn’t do with paper, scissors, glue and markers. Nothing.
Not only does art stimulate the imagination, it does these other amazing things as well.
7 Reasons to Create an Art Center Everyday for Your Kids
1. It helps them increase bilateral coordination. Art requires them to coordinate the use of both hands, a skill they will definitely need an use as they grow.
2. It helps increase their fine motor skills. Maneuvering the use of scissors, learning how to squeeze the bottle in a way that they really only get a little dab. Plus, drawing shapes and figures on their papers, learning to color in the lines…these are all very important ways to increase fine motor skills in a child.
3. It helps them observe their environment more closely. As children draw, they begin to notice small details they never saw before: the small bow in on their favorite doll, the claws on their favorite stuffed dog, the color of mommy’s eyes, eyelashes, and more.
4. There is no wrong way. This is an area where a child can be as interpretive as they wish. Sure, we all know that mommy doesn’t have green hair, but the benefit of art is that a child is free to interpret their environment they way they observe it. Art isn’t like math, the boundaries are more fluid and the rules less rigid.
5. It makes learning fun. So many things can be taught through art. In fact, with a little imagination, most anything can be taught through art, which makes learning far more memorable!
6. It builds teamwork. Having children collaborate on a project teaches children the importance of working together to complete a task.
7. It builds language skills. Young children often create things that adults have trouble recognizing. By asking your child to describe what they have created, you give them an opportunity to explain their creation. This also gives you an opportunity to mirror back to them what they said, using more descriptive words: including colors, shapes, and other descriptive words that will help enrich their growing vocabulary.
Who knew that art was so important to a child’s development.
I can’t wait to drag out all their art supplies tomorrow to give them an opportunity to make a wonderful, beautiful, glorious messy creation to grace our fridge!!
This post is day 18 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.