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Kids and Art : A Crucial Part of Their Development (Easy Art Activities)

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Educators tell us that art encourages fine motor skills, neural development, and problem-solving abilities and that it can be used effectively to teach and understand other key subjects such as reading, writing, math, and science. Therapists tell us that art is valuable because it allows children to process their world, to deal with sometimes scary emotions in a safe way, and because it gives them critical sensory input. Artists tell us that art is important for its own sake—as a source of beauty and expression, as well as simply for the process of creating. Kids tell us that art is fun, an activity they enjoy. Parents tell us that art is vital to their families because it keeps everyone engaged and happy and helps with the sometimes difficult transitions of the day.

Art is naturally linked to creativity, an attribute that is increasingly being touted as one of the most important factors for the success of individuals, organizations, and cultures. Source 

A Crucial Part of Their Development (Easy Art Activities)

Now that we know the benefits of art for children.  Let’s discuss how we can incorporate art into our children’s lives.

Do Not Fear A Mess

Most parents get discouraged from doing art with their kids because they fear messes.  I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to get messy when you do art. Keeping it simple is my belief.

You can reduce mess by: 

  • Throwing a plastic tablecloth over the table.
  • Do activities that don’t involve paint (I will show how this is possible below)
  • Get outside and do art when weather permits
  • Find local free art classes


I love ordering our supplies from Oriental Trading because they have everything you need for art projects.  They also have premade art and crafts that come ready to assemble.  I normally do a bulk order of paints, paper, and crafts.  It ships directly your house with no fuss.

My children also can do Oriental Tradings crafts by themselves since most are fairly simple.

Finding The Right Projects to Do

Pinterest is your best friend when it comes to finding art projects do.  You can plan your art projects according to the theme.  Or just wing it and let your kids do what they want to do.  I like to do a mixture of both.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Water Color and Oil Pastels

Just Water Painting (you take construction paper or cardboard, and let  your child paint on them with water).

Cutting Paper and Gluing (sometimes I give my kids a glue stick, scissors, and paper and let them do what they want).

2 thoughts on “Kids and Art : A Crucial Part of Their Development (Easy Art Activities)

  1. My daughter has a dedicated play area that is ALWAYS a mess. I just let her be her own little creative self and she enjoys it! I love Oriental Trading, I would buy supplies there for birthday parties and as treats for the kids in school.

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