I never expected a parenting book to inspire me to set up a child’s studio space in our home, but it did. Somewhere along the line in some parenting book when our kids were small, I read a section that talked about how important art is for kids. It builds problem solving skills, the ability to describe and analyze, collaboration, confidence… But these are just the tip of the iceberg.
So when we had kids, I wanted a place for art to be priority in our kids’ spaces. The child’s studio in our house is never very big, but it’s always present… a little corner or small table or an easel that is completely accessible to our kids. And rarely is any activity planned out. We leave the materials out, and we leave it (big breath)… messy. There is hardly a day that goes by that our kids don’t pick something up from that space.
There is a great post on a site called Raise Smart Kid that also talks about the benefits of art on a child’s development. Do you have a child’s studio? What do you keep there? What inspired you to make space for art in your child’s life?