Did you know? Performing arts nurture your child’s creative abilities and emotional intelligence! Knowing this, how do we incorporate arts in everyday life to develop our child’s latent skills? This is what this blog is set to address.
Acclaimed TED speaker, New York Times bestselling author and creativity specialist Sir Ken Robinson, once said—
“Everyone has huge creative capacities. The challenge is to develop a culture of creativity that involves everybody, not just a selected few…
All that global discussion on ‘the importance of performing arts in the 21st century’ makes us wonder why is it necessary to involve arts in education. American psychologist Abraham Maslow believes all kids are born with a creative mind. The problem lies in retaining, honing and holding on to this creativity for the rest of their lives.
Does that mean creativity can be developed only by enrolling our children in performing arts schools? Professional training helps, however, regardless of extra-curricular activities being a major part of your child’s school curriculum, creating opportunities for creative learning in routine life helps kids explore, express and come to terms with learning in a meaningful and enjoyable manner, in both familiar and unfamiliar, structured and disciplined settings.
5 Ways In Which Performing Arts Develop Important Life Skills In Children
: MATH & MOTOR SKILLS THROUGH WALL PAINTING
Did you know that painting doesn’t just develop your child’s artistic abilities but also sharpens their knowledge of aesthetics, geometry (angles, lines, shapes & measurements), colours and textures? Painting large surfaces requires kids to be more detail-oriented, imaginative, ergonomically skilled and organised—skills that require creativity, critical and analytical thinking.
Why not plan a DIY weekend where young ones can help you splash the house walls? The unexpected results can jolt adults out of complacency and into inspiration.
: THE ‘HOT SEAT’ FOR BUILDING SELF-CONFIDENCE
Drama makes kids conscious of their surroundings and more receptive towards different roles and perspectives. In creative roleplay, when children walk in others’ shoes, they develop confidence, focus, perseverance and overcome their stage fear. They learn to break down the mechanics of human emotions and body language by developing oration and non-verbal communication—skills required to thrive in a competitive professional environment.
Arranging a ‘mock family show’ is a simple way to dramatize boring family reunions. Children can take on the role of a chat show host to ask and answer questions, like—
“Why do you think planting trees is important?” “How can we save paper?”
They can come up with questions of their own. It will help them formulate & share ideas and express opinions in public settings.
: MUSIC FOR LANGUAGE RECOGNITION
Ever wonder why we tend to remember the lyrics of songs? It’s because music develops memory and sharp listening skills. As children differentiate between tones, rhythms, beats, etc. and string together words, their mind learns to relate sounds and words with concepts and ideas. In short, singing helps with memorisation, language acquisition, communication and fluency of speech.
These skills can be developed by creating ‘special’ songs for everyday occasions like bathtime, bedtime, clean up and nearly every rule or concept that you want to teach them!
: CORE TWISTING FOR LETTER RECOGNITION
Core twisting is the most effective way to communicate emotions and expressions through body language. It strengthens, lengthens and detoxifies our child’s body. Besides the health benefits, a simple game like body twister can be used for teaching letter and shape recognition.
Challenge little ones to form numbers and letters by twisting and turning their bodies. It’s an engaging way to memorise objects, numbers and letters.
: COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH DANCE
When children enthusiastically perform a dance, opera, music, theatre, magic, puppetry, elocution, etc. in groups, they learn to make fruitful relations among education, culture, theories and their practical applications in real life. Other than the health benefits of partaking in dance, audio-visual learners can grasp complex concepts by singing and dancing.
Science is an unlikely subject to inspire a ballet or musical but inside the classroom or at home, difficult concepts like ‘photosynthesis’ & ‘water cycle’ can be taught through dance. Little learners can use their body to convey different elements, like plants, sun, water, etc. It’s one of the ways to simplify complex lessons by blending creative arts with academics.
While one can get swamped in a sea of concepts and rules, performing arts ensure that little learners remember critical lessons throughout their life. Arts create the perfect environment for a balanced development (including aesthetic, social, emotional, psychological and cognitive growth) of children by engaging them in creative, physical and intellectual processes, experiences and developments.
Knowing that creativity is one of the most sought-after 21st-century skills, The Infinity School presents several opportunities for kids to exercise their creative thinking through different mediums like painting, drawing, crafts, sculpture, music, dance, drama, animation, photography, etc.
We firmly believe that the right mix of creativity and academics will help children navigate through the unpredictable world by innovating and improvising the things that they learn. Read more about our thinking curriculum here.