Why Kids Should Start Developing Art & Technical Skills Now
By Nina Syahira
March 11, 2016
A Plutarch quote for inspiration to keep learning.
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch
It's natural to be curious about the world and how it works, especially for kids. However, it's not enough to just feed the mind with knowledge. You need to keep it inspired to improve brain power. Constant exploring encourages this love of learning, which helps you become motivated to continue striving for success in life.
The best part about learning is that it doesn't only happen in books! From artistic skills like drawing and sculpting to technical ones like programming toy robots and building chuck gliders, there are plenty of ways outside the classroom to keep your mind sharp.
Learning is a lifelong habit, so it's important to begin training from young. Here are 5 reasons why your kids should start developing art and technical skills now!
1. Focus better
Unless you're creating abstract art, painting a picture requires you to physically focus on your subject. By examining for details, you're training your eyes to look and perceive a lot of information in order to translate it onto your canvas. Over time, this enhances long-term visual memory and visual imagination.
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2. Improve non-verbal communication
Dancing is a great art skill for self-expression. Here, you can learn the importance of body language while understanding how your body moves to the beat of music. Plus, it's a fun way to stay active!
Join Kids Zumba at SAFRA Jurong this March School Holidays!
Moulding plasticine and doing science experiments helps to develop higher-order thinking skills
3. Develop higher-order thinking skills
How to solve a tricky math problem? How to apply theory knowledge to practical science? How to turn clay or plasticine into sculptures? What you need is, higher-order thinking skills that enable you to think deeply and rationally to achieve your desired results.
The three skills of higher-order thinking are:-
a. Critical thinking: When you reflect on what you've learned and then decide what to believe or do about the knowledge.
b. Retain and transfer: Remember the piece of information, understand it and then apply knowledge in practical tasks.
c. Problem solving: Analyse information, critically evaluate ideas, communicate them effectively and formulate creative alternatives to reach a solution.
Higher-order thinking skills are essential in every part of daily life, including expressing a logical argument, debating and persuading.
Blowing bubbles is a great way to relieve stress and learn science at the same time!
4. Relieve emotional stress
Learning can be stressful but it doesn't always have to be! Whether you're learning something new or have been studying the same subject for a while, interest is the most important factor in learning. Situational interest (a temporary and spontaneous interest due to environmental factors) is first developed and will increase when there is more engagement during learning. As it increases, personal interest (a less spontaneous interest that is activated internally) is then developed. This creates an overall positive impact on learning, boosting motivation and chances of success. The happier you are, the less pressure you feel to learn!
Using engaging real-life learning materials is a fantastic way to sustain interest. Blowing bubbles may be a simple fun game, but did you know you can study a number of science concepts from it? You can learn about elasticity, surface tension, chemistry, light and geometry just by studying bubbles.
Find out why a bubble is round in Bubble Fun at SAFRA Mount Faber this March School Holidays!
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going!
5. The power of perseverance
Failure is part of the journey to success. So don't be discouraged if you have yet to achieve your goals (like successfully baking a cake!). Take it as a challenge to prove that you can do it! With a positive attitude, you will want to dedicate time and effort in your project.
Join our Baking Workshop to learn how to bake at SAFRA Yishun this March School Holidays!
Reflection on “Visual Memory and a Drawing by Villard de Honnecourt” by Ludovico V. Geymonat
Join our enrichment activities this March School Holidays to keep the mind sharp!
Check out Learning Fun with Clay at Clay Works and get FREE one-hour workshop for every 10-session course/module sign-up.
Explore your child's inner strength with I Love Learning Achievement Center!
Register for baking workshops at Genius R Us and get 10% off fees as well as $20 off Birthday Party packages!
Want more thrilling fun this school holidays? Go karting with Kartright Speedway or have trampoline sports fun at Zoom Park and enjoy special SAFRA member discounts!
SAFRA also offers alternative activities for parents!
Win free tickets for movie of the month for your family with SAFRA Movie Treats!
Enjoy a family staycation at D’Resort with BBQ and Wild Wild Wet!