Ten creative ways art helps kids grow

We all know how important arts education is, but did you know there are ten creative ways that help kids grow? Learning Lift Off shares these ways that every parent and educator can use.

1. Creativity defines the arts. This is a safe haven for kids to express themselves more than in math and science. Kids may recite a poem several different ways, create a painting and compose new rhythms. These are some ways that allow kids to be creative and enhance their future career.

2. Arts improve academic performance because the skills they learn spill over to other academic achievements. Kids who participate in the arts at least three times per week are more likely to recognized for some type of academic achievement than kids who don’t participate in the arts.

3. Fine motor skills are super important to little kids. Playing an instrument and holding a crayon are two ways to develop motor skills. Kids should be able to draw a circle and begin using safety scissors around the age of three. Some kids start playing music, such as drums, earlier than that. Holding drumsticks is a great way to develop fine motor skills and learn rhythm.

4. Art build confidence. When kids start sharing their art, like singing on stage or sharing their art in front of a classroom, they begin to develop confidence in themselves. Their self-confidence will continue to grow as they improve.

5. Visual learning, such as drawing, painting and sculpting, is a great way to help kids grow. These help young kids develop visual-spatial skills that will teach them more about the world than they’ll learn through just text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.

6. Art helps kids make their own decisions. Studies suggest that arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. Kids can decide how to play a character or express their thoughts through dance and music. This will teach them valuable skills as they grow into adults.

7. Perseverance teaches kids to never give up no matter how frustrated they may get. They will learn how to fail and learn how to succeed. It will teach them to learn from their mistakes and apply what they’ve learned to their craft and other life lessons. Arts can be challenging, but if they understand they can’t give up when it gets harder, they’ll continue to persevere and move accomplish more than they realized they could.

8. Art teaches focus. Teaching kids there’s more to art than looking at a screen and to stay focused on their craft is imperative. Sure, they can learn to play guitar or draw a picture of a unicorn, but they need to stay focused on what they’re doing and not drift away from it.

9. Collaboration is another great aspect of arts. Band, choir and theater require kids to work together, so they learn to share responsibility and compromise to achieve something together. Kids learn that contributing to the group is integral to its success, something they’ll always use throughout life.

10. Art teaches accountability. Kids learn to be accountable for their contributions to the group. They learn teamwork in sports, such as passing the basketball and pitching and batting. This will help them learn to work together in adulthood.

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