Art and creativity create an environment that fosters and enhances kids’ confidence. In this article, we’ll look at why self-confidence in kids is important and how art can help build kids’ confidence.
There are many benefits of arts and crafts for kids.
- Creativity through Arts and crafts can help kids to express themselves.
- Creativity through Arts and crafts can help to boost self-confidence.
- Creativity through Arts and crafts can help kids to learn new skills.
- Creativity through Arts and crafts can be a fun activity for kids.
- Creativity through Arts and crafts can help to foster creativity.
But keep in mind; just participating in art and creative activities do not directly imply a confident kid. There must be encouragement, inquiry and interest, as well as a space to be 100% them and not feel judged.
First, let’s take a look at why self-confidence is even important for kids.
Why is self-confidence important in child development and just in general for well-rounded kids?
Confidence is a belief in oneself and one’s power or abilities.
In the early years of childhood development, a child’s life is characterized by inquiry, curiosity, wonder, reflection, and confusion.
Self-confidence is an important part of life, and it’s something that we want all kids to have. Here are a few reasons why confidence is so important for kids.
Kids who lack confidence often have a harder time in life. They may be afraid to try new things or may not believe in themselves.
As a result, they may miss out on opportunities and experiences that could help them grow and succeed.
Confident kids on the other hand are more likely to take risks and try new things. This can lead to them having more success in life, both academically and professionally.
Confident kids are more likely to be able to handle setbacks and failure. Confident kids are more likely to face challenges head-on.
Signs of a confident child are persistence when things get tough. They understand that failure is a part of life, and they don’t let it get them down.
Confident kids tend to be happier and more well-adjusted.
Confidence in kids is vital as it helps in social and emotional development by instilling a growth mindset, not being afraid of challenges, raising self-esteem, and the kids feel good about themselves.
So instilling confidence in kids is important for their overall development and success in life.
How arts build kids’ confidence
The simple answer is through daydreaming and distraction.
When you ask a kid to solve a math problem, let’s say addition, there is an exact correct answer you expect.
However, when you give a kid a pencil, crayons, and paper and ask them to draw, shade, or write you a story of how their day went, you are not sure what to expect; the child might mix colors in their shading, use one color, or shade within or out of line. With art, there is no precise correct answer, it is instead open-ended.
With no expectation of a precisely correct answer, art allows distraction in a daydreaming type of way.
Allowing time and space for daydreaming and distractions means that a kid can express their imagination, feelings, creativity, and artwork without perfectionism or comparison in mind.
They establish and validate their uniqueness without fear of not doing it correctly or being judged for doing it differently, if fact they are celebrated for their uniqueness and creativity.
Whether self-directed or guided by the parent or caregivers, allowing distractions gives the kids a sense of self-identity and self-accomplishment plus boosts their self-esteem.
The kids feel in control of their environment, creativity, and uniqueness; they believe in themselves as an individual and in their capabilities.
An environment with a fixed trait view raises kids who believe intelligence is inborn, limited, and has no room for growth or learning.
In contrast, an environment with a mastery-oriented view raises kids who believe intelligence is unlimited, learned, and improved.
Art aims to create a mastery-oriented environment. Through this environment, the kids learn they have the freedom and capability to express their feelings, imagination, and creativity without perfectionism or judgement.
It fosters the kids to know that their capability is unlimited, learned, and improved. It is not about perfection but being confident in their uniqueness and artwork.
Through this master-oriented environment, kids establish their self-accomplishment, self-identity, and self-control, which are how they develop confidence, both in what they do and as individuals.
How to get kids involved in the arts
Here are five ways to get kids involved in the arts: Create special places to learn and participate in art.
As discussed earlier, art is quite different from other subjects, so to allow children to feel this difference; create and transform their art learning space into a special place they are excited about and look forward to being in.
For instance, you can let the child lie on the ground as they read, draw, color, or write a story. Listen to a song or play their own music in their playhouse.
The kids will learn and enjoy art not as a compulsory structured subject but as a safe space to express their words, feelings, or creativity.
And, hint…hint…as a way to alleviate the ‘I’m bored’ dilemma as boredom now equates to ideas and expression of feelings.
Be an active and enthusiastic listener.
Being an enthusiastic listener means providing the child with room to express their art and creativity in their own words.
Avoid close-ended questions and use open-ended questions such as “tell me about your artwork.”
This question allows the child to use their own words to discuss their art. And helps you not accidently identify a part of their picture as something other than what it was intended to be…. you know the It’s not a bunny it’s a floppy eared dog.
You are not there to tell the child what to do but to give them room to express themselves. This approach helps build the kids self-identity, self-esteem and confidence in their creativity, making them enjoy it.
Praise their artwork for their effort and not intelligence.
When you praise a child’s artwork for how perfect it is, the kid will only like participating in art and creative activity when they are good at it or capable of doing it.
When you praise their artwork and creativity for participating and how much effort they put into it, the kid will feel a sense of self-accomplishment and probably be proud of it.
Tell them your favorite parts of it, what you like best, this allows them to feel proud while also allowing them room for advancement and exploration.
Let children learn that art is not about perfection or being good at it; it is about the process or being willing to make an effort as they improve.
Plus, it’s just paper, we can always start again and half the time just the act of making art makes one feel better, regardless of their satisfaction with the finished piece.
Give them time and space to be creative without interruptions.
Not interrupting kids in their creative time communicates to the child that you believe in their creativity.
You are telling the child that they are free to express their creativity how they see fit. The child learns to develop their unique identity in their creations and enjoy being part of it.
Provide opportunities for them to share their creation with others.
When kids can share their creations with others, they learn the art of uniqueness, identity, vulnerability, communication, and expounding their possibilities.
Through sharing their work, either with other creators or just friends, the kid learn vulnerability when expressing their creativity; they are putting themselves out there either for appreciation or criticism, learning from an early age.
Additionally, as the child shares their creation with others, they have an opportunity to improve their communication skills and confidence as they use their own words to express and discuss their creations.
Plus, in this day and age of entrepreneurship, sharing your works creates a space for monetization if the artist so desires. A stroll through Instagram will quickly show you how many teens and twenty somethings are not only making a living from their art, their smashing it. And all without school loan debts!
You no longer have to wait until you are an adult to start a business or to be making 6 figures.
Here are a few ideas for parents and caregivers on how to respond to their kids’ art which will encourage creativity at home.
Tips for parents and caregivers on responding to kids’ arts
1. Encourage kids to be creative by providing them with art supplies and materials.
2. Allow kids to experiment with different mediums and techniques.
3. Encourage them to express themselves freely through their artwork.
4. Offer praise and feedback that is specific and positive.
5. Help them to see the value in their artwork, regardless of skill level.
The arts can be a great way to build confidence in kids. By participating in creative activities, kids can learn to express themselves and to feel good about their abilities.
The arts can also help kids to connect with others and to build relationships.
Create a variety of ways to help kids participate in the arts, such as enrolling them in classes or taking them to museums and art galleries. You can also encourage them to be creative in all areas of life, their problem-solving skills will skyrocket.
The arts can have a profound impact on kids and can help them to develop confidence and to feel good about themselves. If you want to help your child build confidence, consider incorporating the arts into their life.
Henry R. Beecher, a writer, once said, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into pictures.”
Simply, it means that there is no one-fit-for-all method to creativity; to each their own.
There are no one-fit-for-all guidelines for parents and caregivers to get kids involved in art; just give them plenty of creative opportunities.
The most important one is to be part of your kid’s artwork and creative journey and be their greatest fan, a fan not only cheers on but gives room for self-growth and improvement while observing from the sidelines.
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