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Creativity and Imagination

Arts and crafts help children develop their creativity and imagination, according to the Child Development Institute. These are important tools for children because they teach students to approach things with an open mind. Learning arts and crafts also teaches kids that problems can be solved and goals can be accomplished in multiple ways. It also encourages the child to try new ideas and take risks. Children who engage in arts and crafts learn to express themselves better. Art gives a child the opportunity to transform abstract ideas into something concrete and visual.

Lindsay said, "Art helps my kids feel willing to try new ideas, to experiment, to solve problems."

It is important, however, to separate the notion of "talent" from "creativity" - a child does not have to create a masterpiece to have a meaningful artistic experience. Art is a process, not a product. It's tempting to want our children's art to turn out "cookie-cutter perfect" to prove that they are successful and on track. It's reassuring to know that we can relax! Where art is concerned, it is the process of creating - exploring, discovering, and experimenting -- that has the greatest value. Through self-expression and creativity, children's skills will develop naturally, and their ability to create will soar.

Marti said, "It seems art is the one area where kids and their creativity have free reign."

 

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photo gallery updated on 31/05/2017