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Most, not all, but most children love art. They like the creative therapy
of making things on their own and having someone else tell them what a
super job they have done. In reality, that sounds like something adults
want too!
Do you want your child exposed to the world of art, but feel like you are
just not the one to teach them? Not everyone is artsy. No worries, you
can expose your child to the wonderful world of art by allowing your
child to play art games. Games make learning so much more fun, and the
learning seems to stick. Engaging in art actually helps your child get
better grades. Online flash games can teach your child about warm and
cool colors, artists, line and form, art museums… Your child will learn
in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and you will be amazed at how much they
actually pick up and retain.
So just how does art benefit a child in respect to their education?
According to a 2002 report by Americans for the Arts, the following are
some of the major benefits your child will receive:
Stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking, and
refines cognitive and creative skills.
Has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and
has proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic
Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to
overall academic achievement and school success.
Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-
setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Teaches children life skills such as developing an informed perception;
articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions;
building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to
imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks
from start to finish.
Nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting
alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different
cultures and traditions.
Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections, 1998,
Introduction, implies that “playing” with art:
Plays a central role in cognitive, motor, language, and social-emotional
Motivates and engages children in learning, stimulates memory,
facilitates understanding, enhances symbolic communication, promotes
relationships, and provides an avenue for building competence.
Provides a natural source of learning. Child development specialists note
that play is the business of young children; play is the way children
promote and enhance their development.
According to Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections,
1998, pp. 11–12, drawing, sculpting, and other visual arts develop
spatial acuity. The art supplies children choose for their work reflects
their approach to process and outcomes.
Art introduces the brain to diverse cognitive skills that help us unravel
intricate problems. Isn't that great! Art activates the creative part of
our brain - the part that works without words and can only express itself
non-verbally. It helps us think outside the box. I know I sometimes have
a bit of stress in my life. Kids deal with stress, too. Did you know that
art could help us deal with stress? That is one reason art is used as
therapy in many rehab facilities.
Semir Zeki, a former professor of neurobiology at the University College,
London, and co-head of the Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology,
says that artistic expression is the key to comprehending ourselves.
If you do not think you can teach art to your child, explore the option
of an online art curriculum. A great interactive art curriculum is an
excellent alternative to no art at all.

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