Art may not seem like an essential need in raising your kids, but believe it or not, art is a proper head start for kids to distinguish art expressively and set up a connection beyond their normal conception—this is to have a better understanding with their surroundings and to stir up their imaginative edge.
Mainly, raising kids to appreciate art doesn’t normally require them to fake compliment on how an art looks like even when it’s not pleasing to them, or perhaps it’s a piece that confuses them, nor should we teach them how to critic and look for anything wrong with the art—it’s mainly immersing kids to art pieces for it to speak to them within.
Kids are the best in observing. They notice anything in their environment that looks attractive or different to them, that adults would normally miss. Even a child’s typical way of observing their environment can kindle their appreciation and curiosity. Activities that involve their senses and physical movements can switch the way they connect to their instinctive mind.
Kids always get this “why?” expression on their faces on things and environments that are fairly new to them. And that’s a good reason to let them understand the reason why something works like that, or drive your kids to discover the solution rather than spoon-feeding them with answers. This stimulates their understanding of the arts.
Let the kids explore
Give your kids the freedom to explore, and of course with limitation and proper guarding. Exploration doesn’t have to be extensively complicated or pricey. Exploration can go as ordinary as exploring oneself, the child’s environment, and perhaps a new place or a particular topic that they might find interest with.
Encourage your kids to look at a different perspective or open their minds to new ideas and things they least likely engage with. Open them to the idea of being more of an art appreciator than a critic.