Art & Learning in Kids

Every parent keeps that first doodle their child accomplishes even though it only shows light scratches from a bright colored crayon. Art is a significant part of a child’s learning and it is more than just a fun way of keeping them preoccupied. In fact, did you know that drawing activities boost their memory skills and hand-eye coordination?1

What are the benefits of drawing?

Several researches have indicated that a child is more likely to remember things if creative activities like drawing are done along with teaching. By drawing from memory, children are able to improve their visual memory by recalling details of what they have seen. Drawing can also help a child to express both the good and bad memories through images, shapes, and colors they associate with each aspect through art.

How can you as a parent help?

For your child to benefit from fun and creative activities, the first step lies with you. Providing encouragement and assistance is much better than letting it ‘be-all and end-all’. Supply your child with crayons, child safe chalk, color pencils, and coloring books to get them started with the basics of coloring. If you want to do this freehand by not using ready-made books, begin by teaching your child to draw simple shapes. As soon as your child feels more comfortable or confident, throw in different subject matters with relatively easy shapes and lines to practice with. Every new thing they see, hear, learn, ask them to express or recall it through drawing. This gives them the opportunity to practice their memory skills. Even if their recreations are not accurate or close to what they are recalling at all, do not dote on them for it. Doing so may discourage them from even trying. Try instead to ask why they chose that color or shape to express the subject of the matter. Best yet, if the opportunity presents itself, ask them to draw when they are in front of the subject matter.