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Children Art is a significant area for children because kids will be growing up with many valuable lessons through art. Art and creativity are vital areas of child development: character, personality, fine motor skills, and communication. Why children make art has been a question with many answers. Children make art because it is part of them, it is essential for their child developmental journey.
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According to Dr.Maria Montessori: "..artistic activity is a form of reasoning, in which perceiving and thinking are indivisible intertwined. A person who paints, writes, composes, dances… thinks with his sense…Genuine art work requires organization which involves many and perhaps all of the cognitive operations known from theoretical thinking.."

Children at age 5 to 6 is an ideal age to develop creativity and artistry as they are exploring the world around them and developing their fine motor skills. It is never too late for any child to be exposed or trained at older age and children develop differently as well. Even adult can 're-learn' this drawing ability and creative talent.. 

To nurture the area of creativity and artistry, the process is very important as something you will meet with different end. Creativity usuaully hidden and unintentional. A child with good fine motor skill and imagination, they can be more expressive and creative.

Joy and happiness doing art

The connection between art and other area of child development is subtle and inextricably intertwined with lots of joy and happiness:

Ability to Draw

The ability to draw requires the fine motor skills in a child. It requires children to be able to control and co-ordinate their little hands and mind. Therefore, if children can draw well, they usually have strong fine motor skills. This skill is required to do writing as well and therefore, they can write beautiful words. In addition, the ability to draw well is essential for a child to express themselves fully because of limited in their spoken language vocabulary. There is a saying, a picture worths a thousand words.  As parents, you will get drawings from your kids because they wanted to express their feelings, experience, thoughts, and ideas.  Fine motor skill in drawing ability is therefore critical to a child development.

Ability to Create Form

The ability to create form for a child requires good observation and recall of memories. They will need to express clearly about their growing up experience and excitement around them. To be able to draw a picture that we can comprehen will be very useful for communication and understanding of a child as well.

Ability to Complete A Picture

The ability of children being able to draw, colours and complete the pictures by themselves will enhance their self confidence and independence. Anxious parent or teachers holding their little hands to draw or complete the colouring might not be helpful for this level of development. Children love to draw and colours by themselves. Indeed, they love to choose colours of their choice, rather than choice of adult. This ability helps children build their self confidence and self esteem.

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Ability to Create

The ability to create new idea or new pictures suggest thinking out of the box. Children love to create things and drawing usually is easily available. Pencil and paper do not cost much, but yet, it can give children eronmous space for creativity. Being creative is fun and highly valuable asset for growing up because a person can think differently, solve problem in many ways and generate ideas. A good leader needs to be creative and others can rely on them when they cannot solve any tough problems. 

Left and Right Brain Co-ordination

The ability to fold papers into different form such as airplane, crane, boxes, animals, etc. suggest children is able to balance the logical thinking and co-ordination of hands and mind. This ability is useful for mathematical process of development without the stress of mathemetic textbook. 

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Ability to Create 3D

When children draw on paper, it is two dimensional perspective. Hence, when children can create realistic form of objects from a pack of white clay, they have developed three dimensional sense of perspective. This perspective is useful for children to develop the critical thinking by exploring the space in many viewpoints.

Art helps to build good characters such as being patience, ability to focus, self confidence, open mind, joyful, happiness, and the like. Indeed, art has been used as therapy and in therapy for mental health development, growth, and wellness. It is a modality that helps individual to find creative inner self and a hybrid between psychology and art.  Children develop their different abilities, values, and characters as they get older. We can consider this as Child Development There are a few common developing skills like:

Gross Motor Development:  
physical movement with the use of muscles to sit, stand, walk, run, jump, skip, etc. The skill of keeping balance and changing positions.

Fine Motor Development:
  
physical movement with the use of hands to be able to eat, draw, dress, play, write, and do many other things.

Language Development:
  
speaking, using body language and gestures, communicating, and understanding what others say.

Cognitive Development:
 
Thinking skills:  including learning, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning, and remembering.

Social Development:  

Interacting with others, having relationships with family, friends, and teachers, cooperating, and responding to the feelings of others.

As you can see, art plays an important role in the child development, in particular, art enhances fine  motor skill development, cognitive skills and the subtle area for social skill. Indeed, there are more art helps to develop a child holistically and balancing of their mind and body development.

There are many values and vast benefits of art that provide for a child development. Some of this values that children can develop through art and creativity are virtues that are useful for them throughout their life. I will discuss a few here:

Patience:

During the art making process, patience is required from drawing to finishing. Children learn that their final artworks would be nicer if they spent time doing. In addition, children develop patience in art activity because they will need to stay in their seats, draw and complete with colours all by themselves. This is a very valuable asset if a child has patience to do things because they can achieve their goals and objectives with this character.

Good Observation:

Art trains the mind of good observation. During the process of art making, observation skill of the children will gradually improved. Indeed, drawing is a subject with detail will require the eye for detail. It is therefore another significant skill of a child with good observation. Drawing is probably one of the most effective methods to nurture this level of talent.

Leadership and Problem Solving Skill:

The ability to solve problems is highly sought after and a quality that good leaderships must possess. Children can learn how to solve problem effectively and differently during the process of art making. Art teaches children that there are many answers to a problem and there are solutions to most problems. In addition, children can be more creative when they engage themselves into art.

Concentration and Focus:

Art activity such as drawing helps children develop their focus and span of concentration. To spend just an hour drawing is a enjoyable quiet activity for children. Children's concetration will improve if they are given time and space to do art. regularly.

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Child Development through Art - Concentration

In fact, there are many other benefits for children growing up through art and creativity.  It is therefore necessary for children to engage art during their development. Children will probably gain more with active engagement into art appropriately for creativity, expression, communication, social interaction and child development.

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Child Development and Art