Between creative development and fine motor skills, there are plenty of reasons why art is important for kids.
Coloring books aren't just a great way to keep kids quiet on a long car trip. Art can play a big role in children's development, and it's a whole lot of fun! Here's some essential information on why art is important and how you can help kids get their creative juices flowing.
Regularly making art can have a slew of benefits for children. For example, it may help promote creativity, stimulate the imagination, and boost language development by encouraging them to make connections with their environment. One particularly compelling reason to encourage more arts and crafts sessions is that art may help build critical fine motor skills and dexterity necessary for good handwriting by practicing controlled hand movements. Research even suggests that kids who regularly participate in arts activities (for at least three hours, three days each week for an entire year) are more likely to show higher academic achievement.
Additionally, making art can provide children with a new approach to learning. It encourages thoughtful observation of their surroundings which may help them develop stronger visual-spacial skills and strengthen their problem-solving abilities.
A personal art supply kit can help any kid tap into their creative spirit. Luckily, Rite Aid has everything an amateur artist needs to get started. When looking for art supplies, be sure to keep the age of your little artist in mind. Younger kids can use crayons and Rose Art Finger Paints to complete coloring books or start their own masterpiece. Older kids will enjoy using Crayola Paint Brush Pens and Elmer's Washable Glitter Glue Pens to embellish flower pots or create holiday decorations. Round out supply kits with a set of colored pencils and a few paint brushes in different sizes.
Children enjoy the opportunity to express themselves through art, and the best way to support their growing creativity is to make sure they have all the resources and supplies they need.
by Rebecca Desfosse
The Arts Ask for More, National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign
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