How Can Parents Foster the Love of Art in Children?


The importance of exposing children to art early in life is often undervalued in Indian society. In their early years, their exposure to art is restricted to drawing books and crayons.

On the other hand, scientists and child psychologists across the world are identifying and accepting the fact that by giving young children a good appreciation for art encourages exploration, self-expression, logical thinking, self-esteem, imagination and creativity in kids that help them to become a better person and succeed in life.

Early art experiences also teach kids to think openly, create new ideas, be more tolerant of others’ differences and gives them the courage to take risks.

Today in this article, contemporary painter Shantala Palat shares a few nuggets of information about fostering art appreciation in a young child during the formative years.

1. Creative Materials

Remember toddlers thrive when they create, experiment, and discover things they enjoy. Which is why parents must give kids access to open-ended art materials. Art materials in the home should be varied and abundant. Some of these materials can include - Washable paints, crayons, paintbrushes, modeling clay, chart paper, glue, coloured papers, children-safe scissors, sponges, whiteboard and markers, collage materials.

Note: Remember that the toddler art creations are generally messy and hence place their work area in the floor in a non-carpeted area of the house or cover a large area of the floor with a large plastic sheet and newspapers and train them to work only in that space.