Art Benefits Children Cognitively,
Socially, and Physically
you, Jean, for the opportunity to talk about how art benefits children.
creative and wise God has wonderfully made each child, weaving him or her into
an intricate and connected whole. So not surprisingly, many studies show creative
activities, such as art, music, and drama, help children do better in all
this post I’ll…
list benefits educators see from
children’s participation in art.
share easy, fun ways you can enjoy art
give you some helpful resources.
Benefits in cognitive,
social, and physical development from art
crayons and scissors, and other art tools helps children develop fine motor
at artworks help children develop better observation skills.
artworks builds vocabulary and social skills.
what they see in an artwork helps children learn to visualize, improving comprehension
activities help develop visual/spatial skills and how to understand and use
visual information—important in learning to interpret photos, graphs, maps, etc.
children make choices in creating art, it enhances problem-solving skills.
gives children opportunities to explore their interests and talents.
Art activities to enjoy
creating art with your child, using markers, scissors, paint, yarn, etc. Especially
fun after looking at an artwork together.
at paintings together improves cognitive and social skills. Ask children to
tell what’s going on in the painting and what tells them that. Then have them
to tell what else they see.
children to tell what they think will happen next in a painting.
observational and verbal skills by rephrasing words and adding new vocabulary.
Help them see nuances of color such as blue greens, lime greens, etc.
them go on a scavenger hunt to find objects or shapes, colors, patterns, etc.
in a painting.
children to take an imaginary walk into a landscape, describing what they see,
hear, smell, and touch as they travel from the foreground, through the middle
ground, to the background.
how artists show sitters’ interests and personalities in portraits. Ask children
what they’d put in their self-portraits.
similes and metaphors describing a painting’s sky, trees, buildings, etc.
and contrast two similar paintings, such as two landscapes. Write comparing and
museums—many now have children’s guides. Keep visits short.
museums often have interactive sites.
years have seen an explosion of art books for children.
Kathy loves to help children and adults understand great art and encourage them to enjoy creating their own great art! She is an educator, writer, and speaker, with many years’ experience in Christian schools, public schools, and homeschool as well as adult groups. She writes devotions for The Quiet Hour and other devotionals, as well as nonfiction articles for children’s magazines, such as Highlights. On her blog she explains how to look at great paintings, followed by a devotion to point children and adults to God. These are followed by a related art project to do with children.