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Learning Art In The Children's Skill and Cognitive Development

Let your child's creative side come out! Learn how creativity and messy play foster critical thinking, problem-solving, and academic success.


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One might say raising children is like witnessing a sunflower grow. See it reaching for the light, and progressively revealing its colorful petals.


However, contrary to the predicted bloom of a sunflower, each child's path is full of surprising twists and concealed blooms. We typically travel this path as parents and guardians with a mix of happiness and—let's be honest—a little confused. What's causing that lighthearted laughter? Is that gloomy silence something we should be paying attention to, or is it just a fleeting blip?


This article isn't here to dispense parenting prescriptions or hold up a magnifying glass to your every choice. This is an invitation to pause. To step back from the whirlwind of daily routines. Gently observe the subtle signs your child sends, like little sunbeams illuminating their internal landscape.


Consider the mind of a youngster as a blank canvas. Picture of who they are becoming. Imagine it vibrant and nuanced by each color splash full of creative imagination, and act of self-expression. Self-expression and creativity, are essential brushstrokes in the masterpiece that is child development.


The Mastery of Messy Art


Do you recall the moment your aspiring Picasso turned the wall in your living room into an abstract painting?

Were you relieved, picturing hours of tedious cleaning? or did you take a moment to admire the vivid hues and the free-hand brushwork?


Perhaps there was something more than just mayhem on the wall. Perhaps a creative outburst. Perhaps a sleeping talent waking up later in adulthood instead.


You may have seen a child who was not scared to express themselves in that disorganized artwork, pushing boundaries and using strong brushstrokes to explore the universe. It takes more than just finger-painting rainbows to be creative. It involves experimenting, critical thinking, and problem-solving.


Children exercise their cognitive muscles when they create imagined potions or build imaginative block buildings. They are exploring the infinite reaches of possibility, investigating theories, and studying cause and effect.

This artistic performance fortifies brain connections, improves recall, and establishes the groundwork for future academic achievement.


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Getting messy is good for their motoric development and practice discipline after

A youngster may find the world to be overwhelming and perplexing at times. Self-expression and creativity offer a secure environment for processing feelings.


Children can express their happiness, worries, and frustrations in ways that words might not be able to convey, whether it be through joyful dancing steps or tearful scribbles on paper.

They become more resilient, self-aware, and capable of navigating life's complications with a deeper understanding thanks to this emotional release.


Current Research: According to a 2023 study by (Jumiyati et al., 2023) that was published in the Journal of Child Development, encouraging children to express themselves creatively—even in messy ways—can help them become more adaptable, problem-solvers, and confident individuals and also It says coloring activities helps develop their physical motoric skills. By supporting children's motoric activities they can increase their intelligence by experiencing many kinds of physical activities including coloring.

These are just a few effects that kids can have on their academic lives while still being creative:


Boosting Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving


See a tangle of challenging arithmetic problems. A child could find rote formulas difficult, but a child with creative thinking skills might navigate it like a quick explorer.


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not only muscle, the brain needs exercise too

Being creative goes beyond a simple finger painting. It is about trying new things, analyzing things critically, and coming up with unusual solutions.


Youngsters develop their cognitive muscles when they create elaborate Lego structures, imaginative stories, or musical compositions. They gain the ability to test theories, think creatively, and draw connections between seemingly unrelated ideas.


Children's cognitive agility contributes directly to their academic achievement as they approach issues in a variety of areas with new perspectives and creative solutions.


Children's Social Development


Learning is a collaborative process. Collaboration and communication are essential components of this dynamic symphony. The ideal setting for this is provided by creativity.


Children develop their interpersonal abilities while interacting in groups. They listen well and express themselves through activities. At school, they would be confident in role-playing historical events or coming up with answers for science experiments.


Children improve their communication skills, gain empathy, and comprehend different points of view—all of which are crucial in academic settings.


Unlocking Passion: Motivation and Engagement


Indeed, traditional education occasionally feels like a dreary textbook. A much-needed dose of enthusiasm and engagement is injected by creativity.


When kids are given the freedom to pursue their interests through creative pathways, learning becomes a thrilling experience.


Imagine a student-written rap song bringing a history lecture to life, or a self-made comic strip explaining a scientific idea. These encounters pique interest, increase intrinsic drive, and transform learning into a fun and dynamic activity.


Better focus, deeper comprehension of the material, and eventually enhanced academic success are all results of this intrinsic desire.


Learning Individuality and Resilience


Believing in your ability is more important for academic achievement than grades alone.

Children who are creative and expressive can accomplish just that.


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Doing arts is practicing their self expression - Image by cookie_studio Freepik

They gain confidence and self-esteem as they discover their special abilities, express themselves through art, and find their voice via music. They get the ability to accept who they are, conquer obstacles, and overcome failures. To overcome obstacles in the classroom and endure learning challenges, resilience, and self-belief are crucial.


Recall that these represent but a few snippets of the rainbow that is childhood behavior.

Each child is a star in their own right, with their inner light showing through in various ways. We can release the stress of prescriptive parenting and discover the power of just noticing by engaging in peaceful observation practices.


Seeing our children for who they are, rather than for what we wish them to be, is the most uplifting gift we can give them in a world where there is a constant need for quick fixes and pre-planned routes.


Some further advice for encouraging careful observation is provided below:

  • Resolve to pay attention to what your child is saying and their nonverbal clues by putting down your phone, making eye contact, and engaging in active listening.

  • Accept open-ended inquiries: Ask your youngster to investigate their ideas and emotions by posing questions rather than providing answers.

  • Make room for inquiry and creativity: Let your child use play, painting, music, or any other creative medium that piques their interest to express themselves.

  • Honor their distinct advantages: Acknowledge and nurture your child's inner light; don't compare them to others. Instead, concentrate on their unique talents and interests.


Our children and I can go on a wonderful path of co-discovery if we change our attention from "fixing" to "understanding" and from prescriptions to careful observations. Maybe it's hiding in their quiet times, bursting forth in their sloppy creations, or peeking through their giggles. To truly appreciate the beauty of a sunflower's growth, one must just be there and watch as each beautiful petal of the bloom unfolds.


Written by Mochamad Afi Adani

Edited by Virginia Helzainka


Reference


Jumiyati, Dian Eka Priyantoro, & Uswatun Hasanah. (2023). Implementation of Coloring Activities Early Childhood in Developing Fine Motor Skills. Journal of Childhood Development, 3(1), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.25217/jcd.v3i1.3139


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