There are many things that we as parents can do to try and help our little ones’ intellectual development as much as possible, but to be honest, in today’s fast-paced and often hectic world, it is often not as easy as we’d like it to be. Many of the traditional brain training activities are time-consuming and not all that exciting for the kids. Luckily, researchers are finding more and more that one really effective way to help our kids learn is through the magic that is art.
Art and craft activities are usually very popular with children of all ages, and can keep a little one occupied for a pretty decent length of time. The real magic of arts and crafts, though, is in the amazing benefit that regular exposure to these kinds of activities can have on your child’s overall ability to concentrate and focus.
The skill of concentration is a really important one to master, as the other main aspects of intellectual development, such as general cognitive skills, rely heavily on the ability to concentrate. Like all our teachers told us in school… you need to pay attention!
By introducing your child to arts and crafts activities at a young age and then continuing the exposure to these kinds of activities, you not only help your child gradually build up their attention span and ability to focus. Arts and crafts also help your child develop fine motor skills, such as cutting or holding a pen or paintbrush, and skills such as colour and shape identification and recognition.
By spending even just a half hour (or an hour if you can) a day on an age appropriate creative activity, we as parents can help our child develop the skills that they will need to become the brightest little people they can be. For some great ideas on easy, effective things to do with your little one, take a look at the arts and crafts page and get creative!
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