Raising screen generation children through art & Culture in this summer
Hard-earned time in a year can either be wasted or utilized through performing arts
Digital devices have invaded the lives of children; the number of time children spends glued to a screen has risen dramatically in the last 20 years. The statistics show Children aged five to 16 spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen.
Summer is the best time of the year which provide an ample amount of free and relaxed time to children. Instead of spending time on screens let your child come out of books and explore their creativity during these summer holidays as it is scientifically proven that creativity help in a child’s cognitive development right from a tender age of four till adolescence.
This hard-earned time in a year can either be wasted or utilized by the students. So it is important that you give your child an option to engage in performing arts. The benefits of art for kids are many and include problem-solving abilities, creativity, and literacy, fine & gross motor skills, connection, and understanding.
Art is a delightful way through which you can record the development of your child’s growth. When children are exposed to any artistic activity the brain is stimulated from sounds, movements, colors, and sizes; neural connections increase and the brain is exercised and strengthened. The process is of greater benefit for children under three years since their brain is maturing and is highly sensitive to external stimuli. When practicing to improve, they learn to be persistent and consistent. Here’s a look at some activities that children can try this summer and their advantages.
Music –Music training speeds up brain development in children. Observing a pianist at a recital – converting musical notations into precisely timed finger movements on a piano – can be a powerful emotional experience. Music training has been found to be related to better language, mathematical skills, and overall greater academic achievement. Also, the difference between musicians and no musicians has been found in areas of the brain related to hearing and movement, among others.
Dance-Keeping the body active has the massive benefit of keeping the mind sharp, and for children, learning to dance can develop their personality in multiple ways. Dance not only gives them a free space to express themselves but also helps improve their movements and brings about positive behavioral changes. On a physical level, dance helps improve overall fitness, endurance, and a greater range of motion muscle toning and strengthening. Dance and music are full of options for your child.
Craft- Colors, sketch pens, crayons, and paper cuttings are fascinating tools for kids. Every child wants to paint her mind, even if it turns out to be not very pretty to look at. Trying to express himself or herself through art will help your child delve into the world of his imagination, which wills ultimately strengthen the brain.
High quality arts or cultural experiences in early childhood can help children develop subsequent abilities in the arts which will be useful right through life. Early years arts and cultural activities can help children make sense of their cognitive, physical, emotional, spiritual, linguistic, and moral development by enhancing the whole curriculum.
Byline article by Ms. Avanti Arya, Founder Avanti school of performing arts.