As a parent do you feel like you are running out of ideas to keep your child engaged? Most moms and dads can agree that bonding over weekend activities is part of family quality time. However, budget may be a concern as multiple trips to amusement parks, museums, animal farms or staycations can be expensive.
How about considering activities for children through art? Afterall, sensory expressions and hands-on experiential learning are beneficial to develop a child’s sense of curiosity, and an interest to learn.
Art is undoubtedly as important as left brain subjects like Mathematics or Science. Research from the University of Illinois has shown that painting and drawing are examples of art activities for children that can assist to improve their whole brain activation by using visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles. Right brain capacity of young learners between ages of 2.5 to 12 years old can be developed through community support from parents and/or teachers.
As lesser emphasis is placed on academic grades, parents' involvement in a child’s holistic learning and development becomes even more important. In a competitive society like in Singapore, stress is inevitable. Art provides children with a healthy outlet for expression of their authentic self that is beneficial for their mental health in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous).
Skeptics may argue that pursuing art activities is an expensive hobby. But what if the contrarian perspective is possible? Fun activities that can be held indoors need not be a luxury. Drawing or painting for kids is an invaluable parenting experience. Online free home study resources like ‘Do-It-Yourself’ arts and crafts kits are available to help parents bridge their child’s discovery of the world around them. Printables and video tutorials challenge young minds to use cognitive abilities like memory retention, spatial visualisation, and logical sequential reasoning to explore art activities therapeutically.
That said, not all parents are confident enough to spearhead their child’s education journey. Busy parents as such may consider enrolling their kids into art enrichment classes. Art Wonderland is one such professional institution registered with the National Arts Council and Ministry of Education.
Art Wonderland’s specialised art curriculum places emphasis on art activities that is based on the following:
Elements of Arts – Identifying Colors, Shapes, Lines, Textures
Art Exhibitions & Museums
Our team of experienced educators are nurturing; trained to engage children to become confident and independent art makers by identifying their own strengths or weaknesses. Thus, ensuring that students are ingrained with strong personal values. Art activities build compassion, creativity and resilience as they discover their own artistic expressions.
Art Wonderland supports educational philosophy founded on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences covering these 8 aspects of whole brain development through creative art activities to engage in whole brain learning:
Regular Programmes and Art Activities offered at Art Wonderland include:
Where teachers use stories, games and role playing to benefit young children’s development through improving fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Lessons are designed with various art activities to encourage expansion of basic art vocabulary with introduction to new art materials and textures for toddlers.