Why art activities are important in the Curriculum for Young Children ?
For Children age 3 to 8, it is the most important way to help grow and develop. Kids love to do art activities and it's important to include them in regular routine.
Here are the 5 significance of including art activities in the Curriculum for Young Children-
Motor Skills Development
When kids use their finger while painting, coloring, pasting etc., they are developing fine motor skills as they use those small muscles in their hands. Their bilateral coordination skills improve as they learn to use both hands at the same time.
2. Early Child Literacy Skills
From speaking and reading to listening and understanding, when kids make art or crafts they get to talk about their work which develops their communication skills. “Why did you choose that color ?” “Tell me about what you made”. We can ask these questions to them while doing activities.
3. Math Concepts
Basic Math Skills are often not thought of as being part of art and crafts activities. But Math Skills in art activities are used frequently and have a positive effect of developing mathematical skills in preschool children. Kids get to learn about and recognize different shapes, count and sort out lengths and sizes of art materials.
Art allows kid to develop their creativity which is important throughout their lives. By doing something creative, we allow for self- expression and let kids express (and cope with) their feelings. It also fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, new ways of thinking and problem- solving.
5. Self- Esteem
Art and Craft activities give kids a sense of achievement and allow them to take pride in their work, which builds confidence. Making art is a great, safe way to discover that. It’s okay to make mistakes and that getting things ‘wrong’ can lead you to a whole new idea and increase in Self-Esteem.
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