I love encouraging Liam to be artistic. As a Pinterest addict, I love reading about different sensory play activities for babies and love to adapt them to Liam’s maturity level to keep challenging him every day. He loves to try new things and I think I’m just as excited as he is every time we tackle a new activity together.
A few weeks ago, I discovered a brand called HoneySticks, which are natural, nontoxic crayons handmade from 100% pure New Zealand beeswax. Since they contain no paraffin wax or cheap fillers, they are entirely safe for infants, kids, and children of all ages.
I couldn’t help but test them out with Liam when I received them, and although I didn’t expect him to understand how to doodle quite yet (he’s still all about putting things in his mouth!), I was pleasantly surprised when he grabbed a crayon and started to scribble across the page like he’d been drawing forever. He made his Mama proud!
I encourage you all to occasionally introduce your babies and toddlers to activities that challenge and stimulate their creativity. As perfectly stated on Raise Smart Kid, “Kids should be exposed to the arts as their cognitive skills mature so that their right brain becomes as developed as the left, and both hemispheres work in tandem, thus achieving the full potential of the mind.”
Aside from the physiological effects, the New York Center for Arts Education also lists other benefits of exposing children to art:
According to Kimberly Sheridan, Ed.D., coauthor of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, “”It’s not as easy to test the skills that children learn from the arts, but that doesn’t make them any less important”. She noted though that participating in a school arts program increases a child’s ability to:
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out my post on how to put together a mess-free paint activity for your infant or toddler. It’s super fun, easy, and applies to almost all ages!