Welcome to Day 3 of my 10-day series on Screen-Free Family Activities. Today, I want to talk about art.
Art is not only very important to creating well-rounded children, it improves their academic abilities and social skills. Equally important, learning about and participating in art activities is fun.
Children love creating masterpieces, whatever they are. We can see this in even the youngest of children as they bring us their drawings of "mom and dad" with over sized heads and stick arms. It's a natural inclination within humans.
Unfortunately, many of us have grown up without the proper tools and experiences for expressing our creativity through art. I can't draw draw or paint. Nearly all of my 5 children, however, have artistic talent.
Art is a natural inclination which must be encouraged.
Reducing Screen TimeWhat does this have to do with screen time? If our children have these deeper interests and activities, there will be less time spent on screens. My 14-year-old spends a great amount of her time drawing. She usually has music playing on a cell phone, but she's busy with her art.
By providing the materials, time and encouragement, we're giving the children something to do besides staring at screens.
"But I Don't Know Anything about Art"It's true that many of us have grown up without art in our lives. But does that mean we can't participate now? No. Barb of Harmony Fine arts didn't start drawing until she was an adult raising children. But even if you have no interest in learning to draw or paint, your children likely do. So provide the materials.
Also, learning about art itself is enjoyable. Doing art and artist studies is one of my favorite parts of homeschooling. I don't draw and paint, but I still enjoy learning about the lives, backgrounds and techniques of the great artists.
Exposing Children to ArtThere are many ways to include art in your children's lives. Here are just a few:
- Visit museums
- Attend art shows
- Artist Studies
- Provide a variety of art materials
- Art classes and camps
- Co-op classes
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