Updated: Jul 16, 2019
More and more, the lives of our children are filled with structure. While the origins of cookie cutter common core efforts and the like programs are honorable, perhaps something is missing, like being able to think outside the box. Why do our children flock to structured activities like tv, video games, or play encompassing guidelines rather than imaginative play? What happens when standardized tests ask them trick questions requiring innovative thinking?
Research shows art-based activities can bridge this gap so our children have the ability to think outside the box more often, helping them in all of their academic and social interactions, allowing them to become well balanced adults.
Children with strong creative roots exhibit openness to novel experiences and a more integrated self-concept or identity. This is an important part of a child's developmental process, and creates a foundation for navigating adult challenges successfully.
Without a strong sense of identity adults may (a) waver in their belief systems, (b) lack clear values, (c) struggle with close relationships, and (d) be generally inconsistent in their pursuits. Applications of art-based activities promote a deeper understanding of ourselves and help us evolve.