Children’s development should be looked at holistically with consideration for how each area of development affects one another. Cognitive (understanding and development), social (literacy and communication), emotional, spiritual, and physical (motor skills) are interconnected with each other. For example, emotional and cognitive work together, and enable the child to develop an understanding of their emotions, and how to communicate to get desired results (for example, crying is symbol of sadness).
These developmental traits can be developed in many different forms, but today we will be discussing how they can be developed through art.
For our youngest creators, art is not only a form of expression, but is also an excellent way to develop gross motor skills. Gross motor skills are the (physical) skills which require whole body movement and involve the large (core stabilizing) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing and walking, running and jumping, and sitting upright at the table. Typically, gross motor skills develop first before fine motor however, both are needed for each skill to develop.
Here are a few fun art activities that you can do with your little ones at home that combine creativity and the developing gross motor skills and you can have fun with.