Art is what can truly bring a home to life. It can transform what once plain wasteland into a vibrant haven for you to spend a peaceful evening. As well as having a profoundly positive effect on the general mood of a household, art is proven to have profoundly positive effects on children.
There are a number of ways that art can be infused into a home, through art you almost customise your home. You want your kitchen to be lively- so you paint it yellow and fill it with inspiring quotes. You want your bedroom to feel calm, so you hang paintings of the countryside and put up fairy lights- you get the picture( pun intended.)
Displaying art within the home is not the only way to infuse art into it. Making art at home with your children is a brilliant way to take them away from their screens- in terms of calligraphy and other Islamic art forms, it’s a difficult art to master, although there are some starter activities that kids can get involved in…
Square Kufic- A form of calligraphy written in squares, to write full words in this form is rather advanced, although younger ones can get started by creating their own patterns to which they can give their own meaning.
Geometric Islamic shapes- These are a form of Islamic decoration, which tends to avoid using figurative images, makes frequent use of geometric patterns which have developed over the centuries. If your child is bored of the same old colouring book, this art form can be used as an alternative. You could simply print off some geometric patterns and let your child colour them in as they please, or they might even choose to create their own.
Art is a key factor in a child’s development. According to the National Institute of Health, many of the motions you make when creating art like holding a paintbrush or doodling with a crayon are imperative to the growth of fine motor skills.
At ages three to four, huge developmental milestones take place, during this time children can take one small step for man, and should be encouraged to draw shapes and begin to use safety scissors- the dexterity of these tasks will later help with children’s writings.
The freedom that art gives will also improve decision making and inventiveness, children’s author MaryAnn Kohl explains that “If they are exploring and thinking and experimenting and trying new ideas, then creativity has a chance to blossom”.
So, all in all, inspiring art in your child won’t necessarily make them the next Picasso, but will certainly benefit them in later life and can fill up many a rainy Sunday.