How Art Affects Your Child's Brain
Early childhood is an important period in a child’s life. It is when their brain undergoes some major shifts, allowing them to understand things symbolically, as well as make sense of cause and effect.
There are many studies that have been done that link the practice of creative arts (like dance) to healthy brain development.
Specifically, here are the ways that dance, art and creativity support healthy brain development:
- Physical development – art exercises brain-body connections like hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.
- Social development – when children work together, their brains develop in a manner that fosters social learning.
- Cognitive development – young children learn well through action. Arts can teach children about concepts, objects, and feelings, as well as help them develop observational skills. This makes new pathways in their brains and reinforces learned skills.
- Emotional development – art can offer an outlet for children to express what they can’t yet (or don’t want to) verbalize. By exploring their emotions, they develop self-esteem and a sense of self-worth.
- Imagination and experimentation – there is no doubt that imagination is fostered through art. Experimentation and imagination, which is the basis of creative expression, is a brain-building skill that can be practiced and learned.