Children are under an increasing amount of stress. Schools are focusing more and more on exam results due to the pressure put on them to achieve targets. Funds are being cut in schools left, right and centre and children’s well-being is being affected as a result. Art is one of the subjects that is taking the hit and art has been proven to help with well-being.
Below you will see three key factors for how art can help a child’s well-being.
Reduces stress – studies show that both creating and observing art can reduce cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’. Doing something you love also releases endorphins – feel-good chemicals that combat stress and reduce pain.
Builds self-esteem – Drawing provides a challenge and every time a child draws, they are building skills. It is an activity with a tangible result and the more they practice, the more they can see improvement and feel a sense of achievement.
Creates a healthy state of mind – Studies show a significant improvement in psychological resilience as well as increased levels of functional connectivity in the parts of the brain responsible for introspection, self-monitoring and memory.
With this in mind, Keepsakes by Rebecca have come up with a step by step guide to drawing a reindeer, once children gain the confidence that they CAN draw, they will continue to develop their skills and who knows where those skills and their increased confidence can take them. Print these sheets and see your child’s confidence shine.
We hope your child has great fun creating their reindeers!