Many co-op parents will applaud the art center experience because it allows their child to experience a wide variety of mediums without destroying their own homes! Many of us recognize that the art experience is important and we’re grateful our children can immerse themselves in it at the Co-op. In the early years, our children will focus on the process and not the product, so don’t look for them to have an idea they are striving for; they will just enjoy putting brush, crayon, marker, etc to paper (or wall…). As they age, our children will shift to being outcome-driven in their art and craft-making and it all comes in their own time. But what benefits does art have to make it worth some extra clean-up time, even at home?
Through experimenting with different art media and creating a variety of art works, children learn:
- to express their ideas in new and creative ways.
- to increase language development.
- concepts of shape, size, and location.
- to distinguish shapes and to purposefully create shapes.
- to enhance eye-hand coordination.
- the names of colors and how to make new colors.
- to control a variety of tools and exercise fine motor skills.
- to make plans and implement them.
- that their ideas have value.
Here are our students enjoying the various art centers and opportunities at Kids’ Co-op:
Some websites and blogs we like to get inspiration for at-home projects:
What art do you enjoy doing most at home? Are there activities your kids ask for that they did at the co-op? We would love to read your comments!