Most schools these days are focusing on the common core subjects of reading and mathematics. Art classes in schools is becoming less of a focus and more of a luxury. But to all the parents out there please do not forget that creative activities are some of the essential building blocks of child development. Several studies have shown that children who start being involved artistic activities at a young age have shown improved motor skills, visual learning, decision making, language development and inventiveness. . A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
Most parents who take the time to sit down and do coloring books with their children have found it to be relaxing and soothing to themselves. Just 30mins out of your day to sit down and color or sit down and paint can calm your entire day. While stimulating your young child’s brain, art can serve as relaxation therapy for you.