today’s society we as parents are bombarded with
pressure to make sure our children succeed
academically, socially and in sporting activities.
Although these are all vitally important, creativity
seems to have taken a back seat. Children need an
outlet for their personalities to grow, free from
interference or coaxing to be one way or another.
Art can be just such an outlet. Not only does this
allows them freedom of expression but also
stimulates their creative and imaginary thinking.
Creative thinkers are the entrepreneurs of
tomorrow. When we embrace our ability to dream,
create, inspire and be inspired, we allow ourselves
to think differently. Art teaches us to have the
confidence to try new things without the fear of
failure. An artist’s canvas can be painted over
many times before reaching the final artwork – this
is a metaphor for life…. Art teaches us these and
many other important lessons, all while having fun
and letting loose.
Here are a few simple tips to help your child’s
your child into the garden where you don’t have to
worry about messing, give them a piece of paper and
2 colours of paint. Let your child go wild! Don’t
interfere or tell them what to draw, let them
leaves off trees, flowers etc. and let your child
stick them to his/her painting and even paint over
them if they wish.
Praise their efforts, ask them how their picture
makes them feel and then encourage them to use
expressive words, not just ‘fine’ or ‘good’, tell
them you think it looks phenomenal, or fantastic and
encourage them to do the same. This stimulates
their vocabulary and teaches them to express
themselves and be creative even in their speech, not
just when painting.
you’re driving in the are, ask your child about what
they see, ask them if they could paint what they
see, what colours they would use, this helps
children see their world as something they can draw
or paint and gives them the confidence to try the
next time they paint.
Remember that Art is not just a frivolous pastime
but an important way of stimulating creative
thinking as well as giving your child space to be
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