Bringing out the artist in your child

It is often said that during our lifetime, we only use a small percentage of our brain. Can you imagine what humankind is missing out on with all of that untapped talent? We all have something to offer to the world. We just need to find it.

Very talented girl painting a picture

To ignite our creative sides, inspiring our kids to go and search for that potential hidden talent from within is key. What better way to tap into the brain’s potential than to encourage some of the fundamental arts from an early age?

During our early years, our brains act as sponges. They are developing at an incredible rate — neurons and connections are being fused together at the fastest rate than at any time in our lives. So, if children are inspired to be creative, this will benefit their overall development and remain with them through adulthood.

1. Writing

Making the alphabet fun for new writers is crucial in creating positive engagement. Singing and writing the alphabet simultaneously will engrave a sense of fun.

If your child is proficient at writing, give them the freedom to explore their imagination. Get them to write a story – any story they can muster up. It can be based on absolutely any topic they wish. To point them in the right direction, suggest an adventure, for example, explorations inside a spaceship; a trip to see their favorite baseball team – anything!

Giving kids this level of freedom is a proven method of improving engagement and enjoyment of tasks they are set. It sparks the creative areas of the brain which would otherwise lay dormant and remain untouched. And this must be something to grapple hold of as adults and encourage further. Confidence will be increased as they oversee something which is ultimately their own creation.

2. Automatic writing

This form of the written word basically has no rules or strict boundaries. You are let loose with your armory of words. Encourage the children to write words, phrases and sentences which enter their head as they think. In other words, instantly say what you think.

Example: “Fish always create muddy carpets when towering meticulously over the warm mountain laying dormant over its fiery cousin from Antwerp.”

What you see are words construed together automatically, without acknowledging they may not make any sense. They are created in split seconds after the brain has thought of them.

This is a very powerful way of developing words. It is a natural way of thinking as a human. Yes, it may not make sense, but that is the beauty of it – entirely automatic. Children usually have no problem with it.

A few painting utensils

3. Poetry

Similar to automatic writing, poetry does not have strict rules. You are free to write as you see fit.
Writing poetry during the early years is most fun when you attempt to rhyme within the verse. Incorporate this by trial and error with your child. There is no pressure to find a rhyme, but it does make it fun for the younger ones.

Boost their skills by getting them to tell a story through the poem – after all, most written music is a form of poetry. You may have the next superstar on your hands!

4. Tracing

It is a classic method of building a child’s dexterity skills. It also provides them with an insight into how everyday objects are created using something as simple as a pencil. Tracing gets kids thinking about structure, texture, shapes and sizes.

Tracing ensures children’s young minds are focussed on a task at hand. In their minds, they are drawing a tiger or a house – they are creating something real and amazing in their eyes. It boosts confidence in seeing a task through from start to finish and also provides them with a sense of pride in their work.

With some children, tracing will be the springboard they need to spur them on to utilize their natural drawing skills… without tracing paper.

5. Coloring

No doubt, coloring can be one of the most peaceful, yet developing activities a child can take part in. The simple act of using felt tips or crayons to color in favorite pictures can relax a child and potentially inspire them to move it one step further by attempting to paint.

Mindfulness is a hot topic right now, and mindful coloring is a branch of that concept. Create a quiet place and set out coloring pages of their favorites cartoon characters or objects and watch them enjoy the moment. They may develop varying coloring techniques.

And above all else – create, create, create. Who knows where it will lead?  Every single child has potential waiting to be discovered. You just need to find the right way to unleash it and polish this potential like a diamond.