5 Reasons Why Art Is So Important for Early Childhood Development

5 Reasons Why Art Is So Important for Early Childhood Development

Art Education for Early Childhood Development

1. Motor Skills

When kids participate in creating arts and crafts, there are many movements involved. From holding a paintbrush to coloring with a crayon, a child’s fine motor skills progress through this hands-on approach to education. Other actions, such as using scissors, help develop the dexterity children need for writing.

2. Language Development

In addition to getting their hands physically dirty creating art, children have the opportunity to expand their vocabulary by learning words for colors, shapes and various actions. This helps children use descriptive words to discuss their creation, and will help them express what feelings are elicited from observing different types of art by the time they are in elementary school.

3. Decision-Making

Studies show art education strengthens both critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in young children. The process of creating art gives children choices and urges them to make decisions in the course of creating their art – a crucial skill that translates into other parts of life. For example, exploration through art will encourage children to try new ideas in other areas of life. Not only will this further spark creativity and imagination, but children can also use critical thinking to react to new experiences and problem-solve when necessary.

4. Cultural Awareness

Exposing children to a variety of interpretations on society is a great way to help them understand the nuances of their surroundings and embrace the differences they see around them in the diverse society we live in today.

5. Encourages Neural Connections

Because art employs any or all of the senses, such as sight, sound, taste and smell, the synapses in the brain of a small child fire away as they experience situations that immerse their senses and further encourage their creativity. In fact, a young brain makes billions of new connections with every bit of new knowledge it is exposed to. In young children, artistic activities lead to the formation of well-rounded personalities, good attachment, self-esteem and better mental health.

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Summer Camp Guide: Kidcreate Studio

Summer Camp Guide: Kidcreate Studio

2017 Summer Camp Guide

Summer is approaching quickly and it has a lot of parents wondering how they can keep their children occupied and learning throughout the summer months. Kidcreate Studio summer camp is not only a way to keep your children busy, it will also keep them engaged and learning through art education activities.

Kidcreate Studio offers three and four-day,half-day camps designed to inspire, educate, and entertain young artists. These programs are between $99 and $150 and are available to children as young as 3-years-old.

Check out the Kidcreate Studio locations in Woodbury and Eden Prairie for more information.

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Join Kidcreate Eden Prairie and Woodbury Location’s Mother’s Day Gift Making Classes

Join Kidcreate Eden Prairie and Woodbury Location’s Mother’s Day Gift Making Classes

Kidcreate Eden Prairie and Woodbury Location’s Host Mother’s Day Classes

Are you tired of getting the same old gifts for Mother’s Day year after year? This year, let dad know you want a hand-made gift from Kidcreate! Send the kids with dad, sign up to create right along with your child or drop the kids off and spend a relaxing date night with your husband. Either way, you will receive a one-of-a-kind gift hand-crafted by your child. What a wonderful keepsake!

If you can’t count on dad to get the kids signed up, we recommend you sign them up yourself! That way, you are sure to get the gift you want for Mother’s Day!

Play Date with Mom Workshop (18 months-6 years)
In honor of Mother’s Day, spend some creative time with your child. You and your child will create a beautiful handprint flower bouquet on a canvas board. What a great keepsake! Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Thursday 5/11, 9:30-10:30
Eden Prairie & Woodbury


Date Night- Mother’s Day Gift Making (3-9 years)

Do you have plans that don’t include your little ones? Do you want to see a movie that isn’t animated or enjoy a dinner that doesn’t include french fries? Sign your kids up for their own night out. They love you, hug you and make you brush your teeth! Show your mom how much you love her with a hand-made gift! She will absolutely love this one-of-a-kind painted picture frame you make her out of clay. What a great keepsake!
Saturday 5/13, 5:30-8:30
Eden Prairie & Woodbury

Signing up siblings? Sign up additional children for 50% off!

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Meet Lara Olson-Founder of Kidcreate Studio

Meet Lara Olson-Founder of Kidcreate Studio

Lara Olson: The Founder of Kidcreate Studio

Kidcreate Studio is a franchise concept focused on children’s art enrichment classes, camps and birthday parties available for children ages 18 months through 12 years that got started after Lara, the soon-tp-be-owner of Kidcreate Studio, being frustrated by the limited art exposure her child was receiving at school. Finding nothing that met her requirements, Lara began to envision an art studio designed for her child that would combine quality art education within a kid-friendly environment.

In 2008, Lara founded Kidcreate Studio. Soon after opening the studio, Lara launched Kidcreate’s On-The-Go Studio division which creates partnerships within the community that enables Kidcreate Studio to bring the great teachers and curriculum being used at the studio to other organizations such as; community education centers, parks and recreations programs, elementary schools, preschools and daycares.

As the leader in the underserved child art education industry and inspired by the success of both studios, Lara made the decision to “paint the states” with art and offer franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio. Lara identified franchising as a way to continue the Kidcreate mission to pick up where public education has become more limited and bridge the art education gap.

Where did the idea for Kidcreate Studio come from?

The idea for the first Kidcreate Studio originated after I became discouraged by the limited amount of art exposure and education my son, Jake, was receiving at school. Jake was experiencing a lot of frustrations in his other classes and found tremendous joy and solace in art.

How do you bring ideas to life?

There is a wonderful book written by David Allen titled “Getting Things Done”. In the book, the author describes a system that utilized project packets. I have taken that idea and modified it for my own use.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Before leaving the office on Fridays, I always update my to-do list and plan out what I want to accomplish the following week.

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April 1st is National Love Our Children Day

April 1st is National Love Our Children Day

Celebrate National Love Our Children Day with Kidcreate Studio

The first annual National Love Our Children Day was held on April 3, 2004, and is now celebrated on the first Saturday in April.

What better way to show your children how much you love them than with the power of art?

Kidcreate Studio offers kid’s art classes, camps, birthday parties, and selling art-themed retail items for children ages 18 months to 12 years of age. It is an art studio where children create fridge-worth masterpieces while learning art concepts and techniques in an environment of fun.

Kidcreate teaches math, science, history and creativity through art education. The word “studio” is in our name for a reason! Kidcreate Studios fun bright facilities are a perfect canvas for a creative learning experience.

Simply said, Kidcreate Studio is “art education made fun!”

Get ready for creativity, giggles, grins, inspiration, mess-making, discovery, confidence, exploration and fun! Celebrate this year’s National Love Our Children Day at your local Kidcreate Studio!

 

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How Lara Olson’s Passion Inspired an Art Enrichment Franchise

How Lara Olson’s Passion Inspired an Art Enrichment Franchise

Kidcreate Studio CEO, Lara Olson, shares how she turned her passion into a booming franchise!

Her Story

I still clearly remember the day when my son Jake came home from elementary school on the verge of tears due to poor results on his spelling test. Seeing his disappointment brought me back to my childhood, as Dyslexia runs in our family, and now I could see the same signs in Jake. Fortunately, the very next day, Jake came home in a more joyous mood, for he had art class that day.

Jake found joy and solace in art and was able to truly shine in his classes – a stark contrast to the stress and anxiety that his other classes brought to him. I wanted to see more of this for Jake, but was disheartened when I discovered he was only receiving 45 minutes of art instruction once every four days.

Knowing Jake needed more time exploring art, as it was the best way for him to express himself and channel his emotions, I began looking around for art enrichment classes for Jake. It was to my true disappointment that I found not one solution I was looking for.

Creating a Solution

Delving into the unknown, I began dedicating countless hours to researching starting a new business and developing curriculum for my classes. After finding mentors to guide me and plenty of trial and error, Kidcreate Studio was born.

Seeing my vision come to life was truly inspiring, and knowing the impact it had made it that much sweeter when the first Kidcreate location opened in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, in 2008.

Today, we have two locations open, both of which specialize in art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for kids ages 18 months to 12 years. Through both our in-studio and On-The-Go classes, kids are able to learn about art techniques and concepts, as well as art history. At Kidcreate, we aim to combine “kid-culture” with art education to make our lessons both entertaining and educational.

Seeing the success these studios have and the impact they make, I decided to open Kidcreate Studio as a franchise opportunity, hoping that “entrepreneurs at heart” like me can find the same joy in owning a business that does so much good for the community.

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