How art can help with your child’s development.

May 16, 2022
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Art is fun. No matter your age, discipline or expertise, everyone can enjoy art. Its benefits are also well known in therapy, recovery and development. Studies show that doing art – whether it’s getting your hands covered in clay and paint, or simply having a good time exploring different materials – can improve physical and mental development.

But what about child development? Can art help a child’s ability to socialise and forge real connections in the world?

The answer is a resounding yes. Art plays a critical role in a child’s development. No matter what age, there are so many ways your child could benefit from creating art.

Let’s take a closer look.

Table of Contents

1. Art promotes creativity and self-expression
2. Creating art develops fine motor skills
3. Art optimises neural connections
4. Art hones problem-solving skills
5. Art improves your child’s decision-making ability
6. Art develops language and communication skills
7. Art brings kids together

1. Art promotes creativity and self-expression

Art is all about creativity.

And creativity and self-expression are in high demand these days. We all know how important these are as life skills. Art promotes creativity and self-expression by giving children the opportunity to create without boundaries to the imagination or how they express themselves. This is an important process for every child.

2. Creating art develops fine motor skills

The process of creating art gives the child a fun way to develop fine motor skills that are vital in engaging with the world around them.
Creating art involves painting, drawing, gluing, sticking and tearing. All these activities are key to developing coordination and dexterity.
As the child gains control of certain tools along the way – like sticking two pieces of paper together or grasping a paintbrush or pencil, they are rewarded with something new and original that they’ve created themselves. It allows a child to feel a sense of ownership over their creations.

3. Art optimises neural connections

Art optimises neural connections

Creating art is a sensory activity as much as it is a physical and mental activity. Whether that’s feeling the texture of paints between their fingers, smelling new materials for the first time, seeing new colours mixed together, or hearing the sound of scissors cutting paper – these sensory experiences kickstart the child’s synapses – linking up key neural connections in the brain. This optimisation of neural connections is how art helps child development.

4. Art hones problem-solving skills

Art hones problem-solving skills - Early Start AUstralia

Ask any CEO what the most desirable characteristic is in an employee and they’ll mention creative problem-solving skills. A recent study showed there was a strong link between art-making and improved problem-solving abilities in the real world. Creating art itself is all about experimenting and linking up ideas, materials, colours, and textures together in a thought out way. This can be a highly satisfying for any child, whose subconscious is learning how to create alternative solutions as they experiment with different materials.

 5. Art improves your child’s decision-making ability

Art gives children the ability to make their own choices and learn in ways they enjoy.

Art can help children put their feelings down on paper. This independence in the creation of art pushes children to overcome hurdles by themselves without necessarily asking for help from a parent.

Art also allows young children to reflect on the decisions they made in creating their art, like what techniques or materials they used and can help improve future choices if they aren’t happy with a previous attempt.

6. Art develops language and communication skills

Art develops language and communication skills - Early start Australia

Art is a way to communicate. For children who are still developing confidence in speech and language, creating art can help them overcome these barriers to their communication. Scribbling and doodling on a blank page is a great way for children to practice their early writing and drawing skills which is vital to developing writing skills later in life.

Art activities also give children a relaxed, enjoyable and often individual way of expressing themselves. Getting creative is also a chance to discover new skills while having fun. Children can develop their own ways of communicating that can build confidence over time.
<h2id=”Art-brings-kids-together”>7. Art brings kids together

Art brings kids together - Early Start Australia

If nothing else, art will boost a child’s ability to socialise. Creating art together is a highly collaborative and entertaining activity for children as they explore new ways of communicating with kids their own age.

It’s also how art helps a child’s development over the longer term. Making connections can boost their confidence when interacting with others, and reinforces other positive skills like language, communication and motor skills.

Give your child the best early start possible

Art is a critical process in any child’s early development. Finding the right solutions along the way can be difficult. At Early Start Australia, we offer a range of early childhood intervention services, such as children’s occupational therapy, psychology, paediatric physiotherapy, and speech therapy for kids, so you and your child can move forward with confidence.

Our multidisciplinary team will work tirelessly together with you to understand your child and how we can help them with the right strategies and tailored therapies. Like you, we want to give your child every opportunity for a happy and healthy life.

If you want to learn more about how art helps child development – or see how we can assist you in giving your child the best early start to life, please give us a call.

With a local clinic near you, we are ready to give you a direct assessment of your child and work on reaching your family’s goals.