Provided By: Nature of Art For Kids®
Excerpts from “Nurturing Children In The Visual Arts Naturally©2013″
Sensory tactile exploring is beneficial to a young child’s visual arts experience. A child’s sensory systems plays a vital role in gathering information from his or her environment around. Our sensory system includes vision, touch, scent, hearing and taste. Through our sensory system we can collect information and transmit signals neurally to our brain networks. Beneficial cognitive processing occurs for deep learning and gaining knowledge through tactile exploring.
Tactile learning can be described as learning through touching. When a child touches an object messages of information are sent through sensory nerves to the brain. Tactile sensory sensations can help young children learn and understand ideas. Visual art learning can happen from direct sensory touching by hands. Tactile art making stimulates learning in different ways than visual or audio learning. For developing child tactile exploring can also lead to better fine motor function and control.
Tactile learning is recommended for highly active children or kinesthetic learning styles. These types of children learn better by physical action and tactile sensations. Visually impaired children greatly benefit by tactile learning sensations. I recommend including lots of sensory tactile base exploring for young kids as they grow. Try out many different sensory art projects that can aid in learning and be experienced by hand manipulations. A child’s manipulations or artworks are their understanding from tactile experiences.
Tactile Art Project & Mediums
• Modeling clay play or sculpting small figures
• Coloring with crayons or oil pastels
• Painting with fingers and hands
• Painting with brushes
• Sponge painting
• Potato stamping
• Collage creating, cutting, tearing and glueing with hands
• Crafting with natural wool
• Wet-felting with hands
• Sewing and touching natural fabrics
• Mossaic designs with beads, stones or small embellishments.
Nontoxic Art Supplies Only Recommended
Tactile art projects involve touching art supplies directly with your bare hands, so I highly recommended only use non-toxic art supplies. I always recommend young children under the ages of 12 years only use art supplies that are non-toxic. A young child’s immune system is not as strong as the immune system of an adults. A young child may not be able to defend against coming into contact with toxic substances like an adult can. It’s important to understand art supplies can be ingested, absorbed or inhaled accidentally. Many professional art supplies on the market can contain toxic ingredients which requires special care and instructions and usually intended for adults only.
Be sure art products are made specifically for young children, this will protect their health in the long run.
By Earth-Friendly Green Art Teacher, Spramani Elaun
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