Why art and crafts neccesary?
Young children are eager learners. But due to their limited language, they learn more from hands-on experiences rather than from verbal instruction.
Crafting and art are important mediums of playful learning. Play is very important for children to learn and grow. They will learn from what is interesting to them and they are capable of understanding, and doing, for their age and abilities. While they are learning, their brains are making synapses, or connections of neurons, which will enhance their learning in the future. However, it must be developmentally appropriate to hold their attention and to be beneficial.
When children are encouraged to play with art materials, they are developing:
Creativity: Assembling something unique Originality:
Finding new ways of doing things fosters problem-solving skills
Planning: Thinking, following through, finishing a project Cognitive Skills: Linear or sequential thinking to reach the desired result.
Knowledge: Learning about their world by exploring textures, materials, reactionsFine.
Motor Skills: Feeling, manipulating, sorting, arranging, pushing, placing objects.
Exploration, Discovery & Science: How things work and change like pouring glue, playdough formations, paint mixing, gravity, and velocity.
Language: Expression of how something feels, looks, sounds; its name and purpose.
Math: Sorting, patterning, ordering, categorizing.
Self-Esteem: Pride in finished project, sense of accomplishment.
Family Play or Traditions: Family connectivity, a sense of belonging,feeling valued and wanted through proudly displayed art work.