Art has always been with us for centuries. In fact, researchers have noted that there are drawings, etches, and carvings in caves, trees, and other hard surfaces in the places where cavemen and other human-like species used to live. These carvings show animal-like creatures, people-like forms, and other abstract shapes and drawings that depict their lifestyle. Apart from that, studies show that art can greatly boost a child’s mental and psychological development. It can even help create a peaceful environment to live for because artistic children are basically focused in drawing, painting, or sculpting.
Raising creative and artistic children can be quite difficult if you are not determined about this goal. However, it may not be the most difficult path to take if you are truly willing to unleash the creativity in your kids. One of the ways to encourage your kid to be creative is to allow them to explore, get their hands dirty, and see what’s inside their toy cabinet. While parents would always want their homes to be clutter-free at all times, it may not be the best environment for artists. Naturally, artists love to create new things, invent more ideas, and show them in the way they think best. Hence, let your kids engage with activities that allow him to use their hands and imagination to convey the simplest combination of colors that they can.
Allow your kids to know themselves well in terms of art by not limiting their activities all the time. Some kids dismantle their toys then later create it into something new or another inventive toy while other kids tend to keep their toys properly and neatly. While we might think that the former is not taking care of his toys enough, it may also show that they are creative enough to invent new toys and not just tear them apart and leaving these in pieces.
Let your child enjoy in the process. Never scold him or her for not finishing her drawing then skipping to another drawing or art coloring. Check first on how engrossed your child was while drawing or coloring. After all, it’s not about perfection that we’re talking here, but engagement and focus. On the one hand, kids as early as 2 years old already know how to handle pencils, but they don’t yet know how to make a clean and finished drawing, so don’t make them feel pressured because of your so-called unfinished artwork.
Finally, just like raising children who love books, always expose your child to any form of art at home may it be from coloring and drawing books, kid canvasses, and the likes. Also, he or she tends to write or color your wall, explain to your kid that these colors and pens are meant for the paper and show them how to do it properly and enjoyably.