Child development refers to the changes that happen as a child grows and develops in relation to being physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy while being socially competent and geared to learn.
The way children think, things they do and how they learn new things are fascinating. Kids learn new things in a more beautiful and fascinating way than adults. It’s really surprising and interesting to watch how a baby with very little knowledge, gradually starts to learn novel things and enhances his knowledge. Creative Play and Artistic Activities are two important things that can directly affect child development as well as early learning. These two will have a positive effect on a child’s thinking ability, problem-solving skills, logical thinking skills, and movements.
According to the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary, creativity is defined as:
the ability to use skill and imagination to produce something new or to produce art
So what are Creative Arts? In relation to children, the creative arts are activities that engage a child’s imagination and can include activities such as art, dance, drama, puppetry, and music.
Parents’ awareness of the impact of Creative Play and Artistic Activities on a child’s learning and development is very important as this awareness will enable parents to properly guide their children. Therefore today we will discuss with you how children benefit from Music, Dancing, Visual Art and Dramatic Play.
As you may be aware, a baby becomes sensitive to music in the second trimester, while in a mother’s womb. Children enjoy singing, listening to music and making sounds by banging objects together. Singing encourages children to try new words and it also supports to develop their memory. Further, your child will also learn to put actions to the words of the song. Moreover, playing different musical instruments supports and encourages the child’s movements.
02. VISUAL ART
Children naturally love art. They love to scribble on paper, walls or simply on any reachable surface. The thinking skills of children being to develop as they draw with various colors and papers. On top of that, they learn about shapes and lines as they draw or paint. Drawing is highly significant for the development of your child’s gross motor skills. However, sometimes parents get angry when their children scribble on various surfaces. Think twice before you stop your little one next time because it might negatively affect your child’s development.
03. DRAMATIC PLAY
Children create fantasy worlds when they play. They create playhouses with other kids and while playing. Children also use objects to represent something else. For instance, leaves from trees are used as money and dolls turn out to be their babies. When they play, children imitate the actions of adults. They assign themselves and other specific roles and then act them out. This kind of dramatic play supports the development of your child’s imagination, gross motor skills, and problem-solving skills.
Kids love to dance when they hear a song. Freely moving their tiny hands, feet, and body, children very much enjoy dancing. They try their own moves when they dance. In fact, a great deal of activity goes through children’s minds when they are dancing; they even create imaginary worlds while dancing. Their tiny bodies begin to feel and enjoy various rhythms. All these have a positive effect on a child’s development. Thus, Dancing as a whole helps to develop your child’s gross motor skills.
Involvement in music, dancing, visual art, and dramatic play will surely make your child smarter, more confident and geared to face future challenges. When a child is not exposed to these kinds of activities, it might have a negative effect on the child’s mental as well as physical development. Therefore as parents, you must be aware of the importance of creative play and artistic activities for the mental and physical development of your child. This awareness will consequently help you to provide proper guidance to your child and make his future brighter.
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