They say that a child’s brain is like a sponge, which means that toddlerhood is an opportune time for parents to teach kids the skills necessary for them to succeed in life. And art is known to improve children’s literacy and early development. Appreciation and practice of art help encourage their self-expression, imagination, creativity, open-mindedness, logic, and courage to take risks.
The following are some tips how to motivate children to take up art:
Give them access to open-ended art materials
When toddlers are given room to experiment and discover things they enjoy on their own, it is easier for them to fulfill their potential. Thus, in the home, there should be a wide variety of materials, including non-toxic drawing materials, papers, collage materials, and more. Parents should remember, though, that children are prone to putting things in their mouth, so kids doing art projects should be supervised, if possible.
Compliment the artworks
For young ones, the process of creating the artwork is much more important than the end product. Parents should then avoid criticizing the work of their children, and instead, focus on making open-ended comments to understand how the kids came up with the artwork.
Take the kids to art museums
Not only can art museums sharpen the children’s comprehension of art elements, but it can also enhance their emotional, communication, and social skills. Parents should be prepared to discuss with their children their observations and analysis of the pieces of art they find in the museum.