Got Art? 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 boundaries. 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 development. 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.