My neighbor Nicky enjoys a successful career. The secret to her success is her creative problem-solving approach. Nicky thanks her parents for nurturing her creative side, which has become her strength today. They not only introduced her to a riot of colors at an early age but also exposed her to pottery, and art and craft activities that sharpened her creative mind. Creativity is one of the most important skills to possess in today’s age because creative minds provide innovative solutions.
You would be surprised to know that creative stimulation in kids starts early. It starts much before they start talking. Usually, parents introduce their children to colors and crayons at an early age without knowing its benefits. Scientifically speaking, coloring or art sessions enhance fine motor skills and mobility skills and it also helps in building concentration and hand-eye coordination.
Art provides kids with a creative environment and a medium to express themselves. One might probably wonder what happens when children indulge in art activities? The answer to this is that they put their thinking caps on, unleash creativity by processing the ideas, feelings, and vision and articulate them with the help of pencils & pens, colors, and crayons.
Highlighting the importance of art in child development, the National Institutes of Health in its article says: Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up.
There are no denying tools such as colors-crayons and paper-brushes stimulate creativity and imagination in children who communicate with the world around them through shapes, designs, & colors. Later in life, they can reap the benefits of their creative mind. It is, therefore, essential to sharpen the creative skills of children.
The others are also trying to sensitize people about the importance of art. For instance, an article on pbs.org says: The importance of exposing kids to art early in life is often undervalued. But giving young children an art appreciation encourages exploration, self-expression, logical thinking, self-esteem, imagination, and creativity.
Here are five ways art enhances creative thinking in kids:
An artwork is an interpretation of children’s ideas and feelings. When you ask a child to draw a rainy day or a playground, they use their imagination to draw what they have conceived in their mind and this marks their first step towards creative thinking. They pour it on the paper and fill their imagination with colors, which provide a window to their thought process. The end product shows kids’ ability to analyze things.
In the world of art, design means planning and deciding the form and structure of your ideas, while in the tech world design thinking is known as creative problem-solving. The design takes elements from both science and art. So the art activities would hone your child’s creative problem-solving ability.
Having ideas is common because everybody has ideas, but what is uncommon is the ability to articulate the ideas and share them with the world. It’s a process and not everyone can master it. So, an association with art can help children in articulating ideas and sharing them with others. In the long run, they would learn the art of expression.
Art is also about experiments. The visual arts have various branches such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, design, crafts, architecture, etc. The children can choose any one of them according to their interests and age. For a better tomorrow, kids need to balance creative activities with academics.
Innovators are excellent observers. They observe their surroundings, spot the problems, and solve it with their innovations. For kids, art is the best medium to share their observations. It also shows how they interpret their surroundings and environment.
If you will look around, you will find reports about the required skill sets for the future job market. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Future of Jobs Report, the skills that will become essential in the future are the 3 C’s – Complex Problem Solving, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Take your cue and act in the best interest of your kids.
Art is a form of creative workout and the creative activity sharpens the brain. Endorse it.