Arts & Crafts
We all know that toddlers and preschoolers LOVE doing arts and crafts. You will be amazed at how much they can do once you start introducing them to things such as crayons and markers. This class will help children to develop creativity, ingenuity, and a sense of expression through art.
Children learn to draw the same way they learn to speak, and later write – by copying/repetition. Drawing helps children discover that shapes can carry meaning, and more importantly, that they can create different forms themselves.
Creative Art Activities
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 a young child’s development:
Art activities support children’s large and small muscle development, as well as their eye-hand coordination. Using crayons, markers, and paintbrushes can help children practice and train in the control of their fine motor skills. They will need these for writing later on in their development.
When children work together in the art area, they learn to share, interact with others, be responsible for cleanup, and put materials away. These are positive and significant activities in social learning.
Young children can learn the names of colors and shapes through creative art activities. They can also discover what happens when they mix two primary colors: secondary colors!
Through creative art, children may be able to represent experiences that they cannot verbalize. They may also draw pictures out of proportion, exaggerating things that are important to them. When we value children’s creativity, we can better understand the child and we can help them feel valued as people, raising their self-esteem.