When Art Smart was starting out, Aubrey Rose Bea Decloedt, Art Smart’s founder, teacher and mother of two, had one of the rooms in her house as her classroom and art studio. As young as two years old, her two kids would join her art classes, just making doodles using paper and art materials readily available in the classroom. Allowing them to join was not just to keep them busy. Aubrey knew then that letting her kids create is important to their development.
So, what are the benefits of exposing kids to arts and crafts at a very young age?
Provides the foundation for their future learning. Of course, arts and crafts for a two year old are more of a past time since playing outdoors is not yet ideal for them.
Holding a paintbrush, a pencil or a crayon is a great example of early arts and crafts assisting in the development and improvement of fine motor skills in kids, and this will carry to other situations that need hand-eye coordination.
Improves concentration. Isn't it a challenge to keep kids still and in one place? Show them colors - paint, colored pencils or crayons - and they will stay at it for a long time. Colorful things are known to catch the interest and attention of kids!
Aubrey's daughter, Kaela, was introduced to art when she was two. At age three, she can complete an art for two hours without interruptions. She is now seven years old and can do a variety of activities on her own, which leads us to the third benefit!
Encourages inventiveness. Art not only encourages kids to express themselves, but it also teaches them to take risks in its creation. To a degree, learning how to take risks also leads to another type of learning - learning how to innovate - which will be important once kids grow up to be adults.
After an art class, it’s also good for parents to hang their kids’ artwork at home either by the wall or the refrigerator door. Proud parents equal to confident kids.
Improves academic performance. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NSAA), kids with more involvement in the arts perform better on standardized achievement tests than kids with low or no arts involvement at all. In one of NSAA's studies, kids who took art classes reportedly have higher math and verbal scores in their SATs than kids who did not take any art classes.
Starting October 6, 2015 until December, we will be holding Special Arts and Crafts Classes exclusively for kids aged 2.5 to 4 years old! Check out our schedules below. Limited slots only!