June 1st is International Children’s Day and I thought, what better day to honour art made by children and promote the value of early arts education.
Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, Children’s Day was established to encourage all countries to promote exchange and understanding among children and to initiate action to benefit the welfare of children around the world.
The importance of arts education in early life is widely acknowledged and scientific studies have shown that early arts training enhances:
1. cognitive and physical development,
2. self-discipline, social skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills,
3. understanding and respecting of different ways of working and thinking,
4. communication of ideas in a variety of ways.
5. understanding and acceptance of cultures, their past and present.
The artwork featured below was created by children and is displayed on Artsonia, an online gallery of children’s art showcasing millions of pieces of kids’ creations. Be sure to check out the website yourself – you’ll be amazed by the levels of creativity.