1. Builds Skills & Improves Academic Outcomes

Making art can drastically improve your child’s fine motor skills and enhance their creative problem-solving abilities. Painting can help children develop better coordination and dexterity while threading beads and sculpting clay can improve visual-spatial skills. Over time, studies have shown that building these skills translates into better academic outcomes for children in other subjects including writing, literacy, mathematics, and science.

2. Children often use art to help them process their experiences and deal with

overwhelming emotions. Painting provides children with critical sensory input and can help children express their feelings in a multidimensional way even if they lack the vocabulary to describe their feelings with words.

3. Encourages Innovation

Painting encourages creativity and imaginative thinking, two skills that are increasingly linked with long-term professional success. Art experience forces children to engage in out of the box thinking and can help them hone their creative problem-solving skills.

4. Facilitates Bonding

Art experience as painting can help facilitate communication and bonding between children even if they don’t know each other or don’t share many common interests. Creating art in small group settings encourages cooperative behavior in children, giving them opportunities to practice crucial social skills like sharing, taking turns and working together.