How Art Creates Joy: Family Art Activities

Category: Play Therapy

Art can be created by anyone who is creative. That said there is no one in this world that is not creative. Creating art is an absolutely rewarding feeling. You are giving life to something from within yourself… something original that you can share with the world… something that has a pure value. Art has many benefits from creating joy; encourages problem solving; great group activity especially with families.

You don’t have to be expert to know how art can create joy in someone:

Educators tell us that art encourages fine motor skills, neural development, and problem-solving abilities and that it can be used effectively to teach and understand other key subjects such as reading, writing, math, and science.”

“Therapists tell us that art is valuable because it allows children to process their world, to deal with sometimes scary emotions in a safe way, and because it gives them critical sensory input.”

“Artists tell us that art is important for its own sake—as a source of beauty and expression, as well as simply for the process of creating.”

“Kids tell us that art is fun, an activity they enjoy.”

“Parents tell us that art is vital to their families because it keeps everyone engaged and happy and helps with the sometimes-difficult transitions of the day.”

Here is a list of Summer Art Activities for the Family:

Art can be a great way to get outdoors or stay indoors depending on how warm the weather is. Make an everyday task a fun one by incorporating an art project with your kids. If you need to go to nursey, grab some extra pots to paint with your kid or have them create their own fairy land in the garden. No matter the weather art can be a great way to bring joy to the day. Having a list of activities ready for the summer will bring joy to their faces. Try the some of the art activities listed above and see how much joy art brings to your kid.

Sarah Kral, AMFT