Children naturally love art. Whether they are painting, drawing, making music or acting in a local theater class, parents find that their children are often better mannered, more intelligent and more creative in other aspects of their lives. One problem that parents are facing today is a lack of creative arts programs in schools due to lack of funding and other cutbacks. This leaves it up to the parents to seek out arts programs and find the time for their children to attend regularly scheduled classes in an effort to boost their brainpower and their creativity as well.
Art and Brainpower
Research has shown that when a child solves a problem with the side of their brain that controls logical thinking, the other side, the one controlling emotional activity and creative thought, sees increased electrical activity as well. This shows that for the brain to be efficient, both sides of the brains must work together. By stimulating and exercising the right hemisphere of the brain, the arts strengthen the connection between the hemispheres.
Therefore, children should be exposed to the arts as their cognitive skills mature to ensure that the two hemispheres of the brain develop equally and work in tandem. This will unlock the true potential of their mind and help them to excel in many aspects of their lives.
When exposing children to art, they will:
- Learn to think creatively.
- Learn to observe, describe, analyze and interpret the world around them.
- Learn to express their feelings, both with and without words.
- Practice problem-solving skills and critical-thinking skills.
- Discover that there are multiple points of view.
- Learn to collaborate with other children.
Children thrive on keeping busy. Their minds are constantly analyzing their surroundings and they are always full of curiosity. Children want to learn and it is our job to teach them and to ensure they have the resources needed to learn about the world around them. Let art be one of those resources and show them that the world has a creative side that they should be able to explore.
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