Arts & Crafts
Toddlers and preschoolers love doing arts and crafts. You will be amazed at how much they can do once you start introducing them to various craft items. This class will help children to develop creativity, ingenuity, and ways of understanding the world surrounding them.
Children learn to draw the same way they learn to speak, and later write – by copying. The symbols we use for ideas, whether they are sounds, written signs or pictorial signs, are learned ones. The world around us – family, our environment, the media – all provide input.
Drawing helps children discover that shapes can carry meaning, and more importantly, that they can create different forms themselves.
Creative art activities can help children in all areas of development. Child care providers should plan creative activities with the child’s overall development in mind. Here are some ways that art activities can support young children’s development.
Art activities support children’s large and small muscle development, as well as their eye-hand coordination. Using crayons, markers and paint brushes help children practice the fine motor control they will need for writing later on.
When children work together in the art area, they learn to share, to interact with others, to be responsible for cleanup, and to put materials away. These are positive and significant changes in social learning.
Young children can learn the names of colors and shapes through creative art activities. They find out what happens when they mix two primary colors to get a secondary color.
Through creative art, children may be able to represent experiences that they cannot verbalize. They may draw pictures out of proportion, exaggerating things that are important to them. When we value children’s creativity, we help them feel valued as people, raising their self-esteem.