Art and creativity provide incredible opportunities for a young child to develop their self-confidence, persistence, fine motor skills, creative thinking, open up their world of emotions and feelings, learn about shapes, colors, motion, texture. Until the age of 5-6 children needs time to explore art mediums freely, gain their finger strength, and most importantly develop their self-confidence. This is the time to observe and soak inspiration from nature and everyday life experiences. It is also essential to allow time for every skill to develop naturally and follow the child’s lead.
My 3,3-year-old daughter is powerfully drawn to all sorts of forms of creativity, art, and self-expression. Every day she has access to art materials, various music for dance, and listening. However, I decided to set aside time for the next month or so to offer her opportunities for one-to-one art and creativity explorations. When preparing for this, I found this article by Artful Parent incredibly helpful to remain faithful to support my child in her self-directed artistic process.
The primary focus of this series is: observation, paying attention to details, and most importantly – enjoying the process.
Our activities will be more based on observation, prompts, learning by example, and the child’s choice rather than directly from an adult.