How Arts and Crafts Develop Young Brains


Arts and crafts time is a favorite way for parents to keep their kids busy and engaged in fun projects. These arts and crafts don’t just serve to keep kids busy, however; they also have some developmental benefits, helping young brains achieve their full potential. These projects can include painting, drawing, or just about anything else.  

Here are a few reasons why arts and crafts time is so important for young children.


It helps your child develop motor and coordination skills

Even simple tasks like holding a paintbrush or using a pair of scissors can help your child develop his or her fine motor skills. During this time, young children can also learn important skills such as how to hold a pencil correctly.


It exercises your child’s creativity and problem-solving skills

Creativity isn’t something you’re born with—it’s something you need to acquire and develop. The more practice children have in being creative, the better. Children in arts and crafts time should be encouraged to put their own unique, creative twist on a project, or to display their art project in a creative way.

By getting this practice early on, they’ll become better problem solvers as they get older, as they will have learned how to find creative solutions to challenges that arise.


It teaches your child how to engage in critical thinking and make decisions

Strong critical thinking and decision-making skills will come in handy for the rest of your child’s life. Employers will look for people who are capable of thinking critically and being decisive leaders and workers.

Arts and crafts teach children how to make decisions such as what materials they will use, what colors they want a particular project to be and what they will do with the piece when it’s finished. They also have to think critically to decide how best to go about a certain project.


It helps your child express new ideas in new ways

Whenever children make or learn something new, they like to share it with other people. Not only do arts and crafts allow children to express ideas through their art, but it also gives them an opportunity to explain to their classmates and parents what they made, how they made it and what aspects about the artwork or project are unique or interesting. This is important for children of all ages—for the youngest children, it gives them some practice with their language skills. For older children and adolescents, it introduces them to new ways to explore complicated artistic concepts or emotions.

Looking to get your kid some built-in arts and crafts time each day? Contact us at Tranquila Arts for more information about our programming.

Joshua Chernikoff