Regardless of how old a child may be, art activities can help enhance critical skills that they will rely on later in life. Best noted for its ability to shape the thinking abilities, perception, and imagination of children and young adults alike, art activities provide opportunities for an alternative method for self-expression. Aside from providing a safe space for children to express their creativity without borders, art activities are also a substitute method for teaching new skills.
Art activities provide a platform for young adults and children to learn because it poses no threat or intimidation while coming off as a fun activity that can be enjoyed by anyone, completely cutting out any hint of a challenge. Additionally, art activities are an effective method for teaching children and young adults who are resistant to standard forms of teaching.
The various benefits of art activities
Here are a few benefits of art activities that are present among a large portion of education institutions that use this teaching method:
They help build confidence for children of all ages
They help develop an enhanced sense of empathy and acceptance towards various types of differences
They help develop creativity over a certain period
They help refine problem-solving skills that are used later on in practical applications
Although there is a wide range of benefits associated with art activities and the development of certain skills in children and young adults, there’s one aspect of the young psyche that seems to benefit greatly: social-emotional skills.
Art activities for social-emotional skills
Commonly comprised of managing emotions, collaboration, confidence, and emotional relationships, social-emotional skills are essential to be developed in every child for their future. With these art activities, teaching social-emotional skills can be made much easier in a highly-engaging and enjoyable manner:
ACTIVITY #1: Self-collaging
With a few easy-to-find materials, such as newspapers and old magazines, having children make a collage about themselves is an excellent way to nurture their social-emotional skills and self-awareness. From words to pictures, children and young adults can flex their creative muscles by using old magazines and newspaper cutouts to learn more about themselves while knowing their classmates at the same time.
Materials needed: Old magazines, newspapers, scissors, craft or art paper, glue, coloured pencils
ACTIVITY #2: Self-aware selfie portraits
It is essential that children cultivate their social-emotional skills by learning to appreciate themselves and becoming aware of their capabilities. By participating in an activity where they can create a self-aware selfie portrait, students of all ages can build and reinforce their self-esteem by building additional confidence and fostering self-love. The activity itself is rather simple, as it comprises of students printing their favourite selfie and writing their best qualities on the spaces to describe who they are as people.
Materials needed: A favourite selfie, craft paper, scissors, and pencils
ACTIVITY #3: Color your feelings
As an alternative method for subtle feelings, an activity comprised of students expressing and discussing how they feel with colour allows for a valuable path of exploration on the emotional spectrum. Students can paint or colour different shades of every emotion that they feel and then write a brief description of every feeling and how they feel about it afterward. For example, a student can colour “happy” with light pink, “confused” with yellow, “sad” with dark blue, and “angry” with dark red. This simple activity can help children with expressing and identifying their feelings in a concrete manner, making it much easier to develop a level of emotional maturity to enhance social-emotional skills.
Materials needed: Poster paint, brushes, coloured pencils, drawing paper, and pens
With the help of art activities, children and young adults alike can develop the necessary skills and capabilities for significantly improving their social-emotional skills. Over time, constant art activities help to prepare students for the real world where they will use their social-emotional skills to navigate various situations and problems in their lives.
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