Is your Child a Natural Born Artist?

Though you may not wish to train a virtuoso talent, it is still good to teach your child about art and being an artist from a young age. Artistic training not only stimulates brain growth, it is also the best way to inspire creativity and emotional sensitivity in your child. So just let your child become an artist!

Artist: Teaching Music

Pat Your Child to the Rhythm of a Lullaby

All human beings share the potential to make music and be an artist to some extent.

Starting from early infancy, the lullabies you sing make your child's ears keener and more open to musical training. At this age, you can sing to your child while holding him/her, rocking or patting to a rhythm.

Not only does this improve his/her sense of hearing, it calms your child down through intimate contact.

Don't Sing Lyrics, Hum the Melody

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To encourage musicality, don't sing lyrics. Instead, just hum the melody of the song to your child. If you focus on reciting lyrics, it will be harder for your ear to follow the music itself, which will influence your child's ability to express him/herself musically.

Surround Your Child with Instruments, Play Music Often

Try to buy a few more musical instruments to prepare for when your child's aural abilities are developed enough. Do what you can to fuse life and music. Drinking milk, sleeping, waking up, playing, going to the bathroom – you can play gentle music during all of these activities. You can also place an instrument within arm's reach of your child.

Teaching Music Month to Month

0-6 Months

Singing to Your Child

At this age, your child's hearing is at its most sensitive and developed. By this time, your child will be able to recognize your voice, as well as pay attention to the rhythm, melody and amplitude of songs or music coming out of a music player. You should use your familiar voice to read children's stories or poetry in a rhythmic fashion. It is also recommended that you sing lullabies.

6-12 Months

Listening to Different Kinds of Music

Prepare your child little drums, cymbals, bells, and other percussion instruments that require a sense of rhythm to play. Have them listen to the sound of the wind blowing through tree branches, the sound of water, birdsong, and other kinds of natural sounds. You should also allow them to experience the sounds of everyday life like paper ripping, pots and pans clanking, and change rattling around in a wallet.

12-24 Months

Moving to the Rhythm

After your child has a rich understanding of music, you should try your best to let him/her respond to it as to how they like, making their own sounds as a kind of self-expression. To do this, familiarize your child with music through their body. Make your child clap their hands, beat a drum or dance to a children's song you can put on often. Then, whenever your child hears music that they enjoy and are interested in, they will move their body to the rhythm.

Artist: Teaching Art

Display Famous Artworks to Your Child

Hanging up beautiful things around the house is one way to influence your child's sense of beauty. After they are a 12 months old baby, when your child should be able to walk, you should hang up naturalistic paintings or calendars in high, visible places.

Take Your Child to Exhibitions

Home is one place to enjoy art, but going out to appreciate the artworks of professionals is also a great experience. Your child may not understand much and even though they do not know what they feel, they will still approach the artworks they see with the imagination and curiosity characteristic of children.

Wear Primary Colors to Train Color Sensitivity

If your child watches you all day long, you should pay special attention to the clothes your wear. Change out of your colorful, patterned clothes or dull, colorless clothes, and into bright primary colors, which better fit your child's visual development stage. In any case, try not to wear complicated clothes that mix together several different colors.

Make a Space for Your Child to Paint Whatever They Want

One of your jobs as a mother should be to give your child opportunities to express their ideas however they would like to. Prepare some drawing paper or buy a drawing board at the market, don't just force your child to draw with a crayon, create a place where they can scribble whatever they like. Give your child different kinds of tools, not just crayons – ball point pens, pencils, markers, etc. are all good choices.

Draw or Paint with Your Child

It isn't good to just sit by your child's side during art time, telling him/her how or what to draw. You should accept whatever your child decides to draw and even get next to him/her and draw together.

Teaching Art Month by Month

0-6 Months

Starting with Appreciation

At the beginning of visual development, though your child may not be able to look at objects for long, you will see them visibly trying to concentrate and eventually being able to distinguish primary colors. For a 5 months old baby, as vision develops, your child will get better at focusing their visual attention. Starting at this time, you can engage in art appreciate activities with your child.

6-12 Months

Play Games that Stimulate the Five Senses

A 10 months old baby should look at more black and white line drawings of basic shapes like circles, triangles, and squares. Next, show your child colors like red, yellow and blue. You can then show your child pictures of the four seasons and photos of objects on big or small pieces of paper, hanging all of them up in a high, visible place.

12-24 Months

Train Self-Expression through Games

Rolling dough or pinching clay, using one's hand to clench a crayon – though these activities are new for your child, you can encourage your child to try them out. You can also show your child gypsum, water colors, crayons, drawing paper, calligraphy paper and other art materials. Playing with an ink stamp is a fun activity that children enjoy at around this age. Remember to continue taking your child to exhibitions and letting them take part in art appreciation activities.

Artist: Teaching Physical Abilities

Let Your Child See and Touch Different Textures

Becoming familiar with how things like fruits, dolls and trees feel plays a very important role in the development of a child's sense of touch. Letting your child touch new things and showing how to use them can vastly improve their ability to sense things.

Teaching the Functions and Names of the Organs

Use limb exercises to teach your child about how the various parts of the body work. For example, touching one's chest with one's chin, touching one's shoulders with one's ears, extending one's arms far out, and many more. All of these are exercises you can do with your child. You should teach your child all about what the different body organs are for before they can engage in their own physical activities.

Make a Habit of Being Proactive

The activities of daily life can do a lot to spur the development of minor muscle groups. Brushing teeth, combing hair, putting on clothes, eating, etc. will help your child more if you let him/her do it him/herself. Although they are still novices and will make mistakes, do not do these things for them. Offer your support from the sidelines as they learn how to do it on their own. This is the only way for them to improve muscle control and to bring along the development of minor muscle groups.

Teaching Physical Abilities Month by Month

0-6 Months

Offer Different Kinds of Sensual Stimuli

This is a period of increased major muscle development, a variety of important activities are gradually mastered in this time – neck support, turning over, sitting, crawling, standing, and walking. Mom should offer her child a variety of sensual stimuli. Your child will be able to start learning swimming with you after being a 3 months old baby.

6-12 Months

Playing with Heart

Your child will be able to pick up beans with index finger and thumb. At one year, you should encourage your child's normal physical development by giving them a place where they can safely be active and roll around.

12-24 Months

Play More Physically Engaging Games

When your child finishes learning how to stand and walk, their ability to hold on to things will gradually make headway. In addition, shaking, rolling and striking objects will become a part of your child's repertoire. To continue with the development of major muscle, allow your child to climb stairs or frequently throw, strike or kick balls around.

And those are some helpful points that will guide you through making your child an artist.

Stephanie
 

Editor in Babiology, mother of two, highly passionate about sharing the pregnancy care and post delivery care learning with the readers.

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