Your child has just scrawled a stick figure on the wall again. Before you get the annoyed pause and spare a thought to the creativity that is on display. Maybe it is time to foster this creativity and encourage with some formal art classes.
Here is why it is a good idea to get an early start in that direction:
It makes for an efficient mind: Your child’s brain has two parts- the left and the right side. The left side of the brain is concerned with their logical skills and the right side with the emotive skills. When the child attempts lessons at school it is the left brain that gets the exercise. For the right brain to be active they have to be involved in creative pursuits. It is only when both sides of the brain work together and in tandem that your child’s mind works efficiently.
It develops motor skills: Seeing something in your mind’s eye and then depicting it on paper develops their sensory powers and manual agility. The same applies when they have to observe and draw. The motions involved in making art whether it is holding a pencil, scribbling with a crayon or manipulating a paint brush are essential to develop fine motor skills.
It relieves boredom: Doodling is a great way to keep them occupied. Plus there is the sheer variety and scope of the materials they can use. From pencil colours, oil pastels, sketch pens, water colours to maybe oil paints one day. Clay modeling is natural extension of this creativity. It ignites your child’s creativity and their ability to think out of the box. All this, while keeping them busy.
It is a great stress buster: A picture says a thousand words. Five year old children are not great communicators. Your child might find it easier to express in terms of a drawing than words. It can act as an emotional outlet for your child.
It builds self-esteem: The fact that your child has created something from their mind gives them a sense of accomplishment. They learn to take pride in their work and feel good about themselves.
It develops problem-solving skills: Art education strengthens problem solving and critical thinking skills in your child. There are choices involved and there are decisions to be made. Should the ball be red in colour? Do these two colours look good together? Over a period of time art will make your child explore, think and experiment and blossom their creativity.
If your child has a natural talent and inclination towards art then try to enroll them in art classes. Nurture this skill and watch them lose themselves in this world of colour.