Messy Art activities are one of the best ways to promote brain power and adaptive thinking in early childhood. Young children need time to expand their understanding of the world through hands-on, self-directed learning. Open ended art activities, where children dictate how materials are used, are always the best approach. Why are process art experiences important? Process art puts children in control of their actions and outcomes. That alone – having control over ones action and outcomes – can be an exhilarating experience for young children. After all, young children typically spend their days following other peoples rules.
During pandemic times, Messy Art provides an even higher return on investment. When typical children are stressed, their need for safe, soothing and expressive sensory experiences also increases. Pandemic stress has both children and adults feeling less in control than ever before. There’s no better time than now to provide open messy art experiences to help children and families develop greater resiliency.