Painting allows children to express their creativity and have fun. Developing a skill like painting provides the stimulus children need to be successful in all aspects of life. Here’s how:
Children who paint learn to think with an open mind, to look at situations creatively. They learn to express themselves more deeply through their art and their words. They develop critical-thinking skills and make decisions about what works and what doesn’t on their own.
Splashing paint across a blank canvas is fun. It’s a pastime children can take part in that’s both constructive and enjoyable. And when someone sees their artwork, they’ll gain immeasurable joy from seeing people’s reactions.
By learning to paint, children gain a skill which they can be proud of. It gives them a foundation to look at the world with the confidence they can accomplish a goal. The response they get from others in regard to their work can boost their self-confidence. Because there is no right way in the arts, children who paint can be proud to be unique and to express their artistic style.
Painting provides a sanctuary for children. When they’re stressed, they can turn to painting to lose themselves in the brush strokes. The act of creating provides a soothing place for them to turn to, and the feeling of accomplishment from completing a project can help replace negative feelings about other things. It can act as a type of therapy, helping bring out their feelings through painting.
Creative activities, like painting, help the brain develop. The right side of the brain is used for emotional and creative responses, while the left side of the brain focuses on analytical processes and logic. Learning to paint benefits children by using both sides of their brain. By stimulating the creative side of the brain, painting helps make the connection between the two sides, which is how we reach our full potential.
About Blank Canvas Gifts
Blank Canvas Gifts combine beautiful 100% cotton ‘canvases’ (pure white cushions, painting smocks, sunhats, party dresses, library bags, pencil cases, shoes, t-shirts and more) with non-toxic fabric paints and markers, packaged in a gorgeous reusable calico bag with a gift tag. Each craft pack contains everything a budding Picasso needs to create totally original works of art. Nurturing a little persons creativity is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child because there’s no right or wrong with art. Regardless of skill, age or sex, kids will love showing off their unique artistic talent. Shop our Gift Packs to view our collection.
Edited extract from Raising Small Souls – parenting and guiding well rounded children