Children are naturally creative – any parent who has left their toddler alone for five minutes and come back to a wall freshly decorated with permanent marker can attest to that. Young children can spend hours inventing complicated stories with multiple characters and fantastic beings, acting them out as they go along.
But as kids grow up and go to school, playtime is replaced with homework, and art education is dropped in favour of extra maths lessons, and kids move into more academic pursuits.
But the arts do offer benefits for young children and adolescents that extend into adulthood. Here are just five ways that an arts education can help your child.
Through the performing arts, children learn to get up in front of people and deliver a message confidently – whether it’s a monologue in a play, or a dance routine. It also enables children to step out of their comfort zone in a safe environment, equipping them with skills that can help them later in their career.
In a professional environment, creative solutions to problems and novel approaches to business distinguish you from your colleagues. Getting your children to start thinking creatively – whether it’s while they’re holding a paintbrush or writing a story – will stand them in good stead later, whichever career they choose.
Many performance art forms require collaboration to deliver a final product. Children learn to work together and understand that no matter how small their role may be, they contribute to the success of the project.
Dedication and perseverance
Mastering a new song on the piano, memorising dialogue and perfecting a dance piece – all of it requires dedication and perseverance. Being able to push through a rut is a skill that will stand your child in good stead as they go through their school and professional career.
Taking on constructive criticism
Part of any arts education will include feedback on pieces of work – and so children learn that feedback is part of learning and improving, and is not always negative or a personal attack.
The earlier your child is exposed to the arts, the better – and there are shows catered for kids as young as toddlers.
Puss in Boots is currently showing at Gold Reef City – this swashbuckling adventure is the perfect introduction for kids as young as three. Get your tickets here, and get your kids started on a path to the arts.