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Resources: Expressive Arts and Children

Articles of interest, inspiring ideas and compelling research about using expressive arts with children


Some Benefits of making art with Children Include:

Engaging in open-ended art experiences encourages the following:

Motor skills development

Language development

Decision making – problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Increased visual-spatial skills

Visual learning

Cultural Awareness



Improved Academic Performance

Logical thinking


Community building

Risk taking and experimentation

Ten Reasons Why Arts Education is so Important for Kids

The Importance of Creative Arts for Children and Teens – .WUbDCBPytE6

Secrets of Creative Families: 10 Ways to Encourage Expressive Kids

The Importance of Art in Child Development  By Grace Hwang Lynch

Encouraging Self-Expression Through Art

You can encourage your child’s self-expression through process-oriented art: simply put, art that is based on exploration and allows different outcomes, rather than emulating a preconceived finished product.”

Early Art: What it Means and How to Encourage It By  Charlina Stewart,