Our Cuddles Childcare Centres are introducing a new program to the Perth area: Let’s Squiggle.
At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we are known for our motto “learning through play.” We have a lot of programs for our toddlers, including Jessie’s Art Time, but Let’s Squiggle is the first art program we have introduced for babies.
It is a little-known fact that babies can enjoy and benefit from arts and crafts as early as six months old. Babies seem to enjoy an art and craft activity that is simple enough for them and Let’s Squiggle is designed to turn that into an experience that is both fun and educational for your baby.
We use inspiration and planning to make Let’s Squiggle an enjoyable and memorable experience for your baby. Many parents are shocked at what their baby can do when given simple tools such as a crayon, paper pencils and even a splash of paint. While they obviously won’t be creating any earth-shattering works of art, it is easy to see a baby’s coordination and ability improve from week to week in programs such as Let’s Squiggle.
The best benefit of all, though, is that babies really enjoy Let’s Squiggle. It keeps them occupied and happy, which is always great for anyone, but especially a baby.
Benefits of Early Exposure to Arts for Kids
If children are encouraged, nearly all of them love to draw or paint. Even those who aren’t “visual learners” seem to like taking a pencil, a crayon or some paint to a piece of paper. While they are drawing or painting, they are developing important skills. They develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
In addition, they are developing the right hemisphere of the brain. In the traditional school setting, especially with all of the recent budget cuts for the arts, learning is confined to subjects that use the left hemisphere of the brain, such as mathematics, history, reading and science. While it is very important to develop the left side of the brain, it is also important to develop the right side, which involves creativity, perception and intuition.
If a person develops both hemispheres of the brain equally, they are more able to achieve their brain’s full potential for performance and achievement. Here are some other benefits of introducing a child to the arts:
Your child learns creative thinking and how to view data with an open mind. They also learn to observe, analyse, describe and interpret. In addition, your child learns to express feelings verbally, non-verbally and artistically, while also learning problem-solving, critical thinking and art making skills.
Your child learns the vocabulary and language of the arts, music, theatre and dance. This combines to help them learn that there is often more than one answer to a question or how to consider a question from different points of view.
Arts also teach children to collaborate with others while learning about cultures from around the world. Often, a child who has problems in other areas can shine in the arts. The process of creating a finished product can also have a significant positive effect on self-esteem because they can be proud of their creations.
The arts also build a sense of community and often build literal communities of artists.
A child who has access to participate in any art has a tendency to become more effective as an adult. They tend to be the creators; instead of accepting the common world-view, they often discard preconceptions, visualise positive outcomes and create them. Adults who were introduced to the arts as children also seem to have much better problem-solving skills.
Part of the reason for enhanced problem-solving skills is that a background in the arts tends to work through frustration and setbacks better. They also tend to look at results and say “how can I improve this?”
Are we saying that Let’s Squiggle will accomplish this all by itself? Of course not. But we are saying that starting a child out early gets them a “head start” on life.
Contact Cuddles Childcare Centres to learn more.