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Benefits of art exploration

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Art exploration is not just a fun and enjoyable activity, but it is also an educational one. Children have a natural inclination to explore their surroundings. They try to understand how things work by observing, imitating, and experimenting. This unrestricted exploration contributes to the formation of connections in their brain and aids in the learning process. Art is a natural activity that supports free play in children, allowing them to manipulate different materials in an unstructured way, leading to exploration and experimentation. These artistic endeavors and self-directed explorations are fun and educational, enabling children to practice a wide range of skills that are essential both for life and for learning.

Participating in art activities teaches a variety of skills, including #fine_motor_skills as children develop their fine motor muscles by grasping pencils, crayons, chalk, and paintbrushes. This development helps with writing, buttoning a coat, and other tasks that require controlled movements. They can practice cognitive development by learning skills like patterning and cause and effect, making critical thinking easy, and making mental plans to follow through on their creative ideas. Math skills can be developed by learning concepts like size, shape, comparisons, counting, and spatial reasoning. Describing and sharing their artwork and their process helps children develop their #language_skills. This provides an excellent opportunity for caregivers to learn and encourage children to use new vocabulary words related to their art.

Additionally, by giving children a creative outlet, they can relieve stress and work through challenging situations that they are experiencing in their daily lives. Encouraging artistic expression promotes learning and helps children develop important skills.

Have you ever had a pet rock? Recreate this tradition by creating a pet cactus! Let your little ones paint beautiful sun-loving cacti to take home. it's fun and relaxing and a great craft for all ages. 


Pet Rock Cactus


  • Acrylic paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Rocks
  • Paintbrush
  • Mini planters


  • Using acrylic paint, have children paint their rock to look like a cactus.  
  • Once the paint has dried, glue two googly eyes on the rock.
  • Place the dried pet rock cactus in a mini planter.

Interested in learning more about how art exploration can help to support children’s social and emotional development? ChildCareEd’s Open Heart, Open Art is designed to help childcare providers describe open-ended art concepts and see how it benefits children's social-emotional development. For more training courses visit our website to see our full list of courses approved in your state.

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