Children are like sponges and absorb so much information from their environment and what they are exposed to. In my opinion, the more a child is surrounded by music, painting, drawing and theatre the more it enriches their life and helps them to grow and mature. Research suggests that children from birth to age 3 are in the prime stages of development which makes it of utmost importance to expose children to the arts during this time frame.
Our kids went to “The Music Class” as toddlers and the smile I would see on their faces when the music was playing and they were playing an instrument on the floor was priceless. The sounds that 5-10 toddlers can make with little drums, xylophone and other instruments is beautiful! The Music Class states their philosophy well, “We know a child’s brain is not fully formed at birth, but instead continues to develop during the first years of life and is highly influenced by the experiences of the child during those formative years. Children who grow up in an enriched music environment are better able to understand and enjoy music for the rest of their lives!” It is a great way to interact with other children and caregivers as well.
Introducing children to painting and drawing through local art classes and camps or at home is fun, entertaining and educational. Simply buying Artist sketch diary pads with paint brush pens, crayons or colored pencils can unleash your child’s imagination. Blick stores sell pastels, brushes and different textured paper for the young artists at heart and experimenting. Out of the Box Art Studio offers year-round drawing/art/sculpting and pottery wheel classes at multiple mobile locations as well as fun summer camps.
There are so many ways to include different forms of art in your child’s life to help enrich their growth and shape their overall personality. Whether you choose to enroll them in classes or work with them at home, you are only helping your child to prosper by introducing them to art.
AMO is proud to write for North Fulton Family Life Publications. Please find this article in their September 2015 edition.