The Importance of Art and Craft in Early Childhood Development

Fostering creativity through art and craft has always been an important aspect of early childhood education. Creativity builds upon a child’s sense of imagination, allowing them to express themselves in unique ways. At Little Zak’s Academy, we nurture children’s creative side through arts and crafts activities, aiding their development, teaching them life skills, and engaging them in fun activities. This article delves into the significance of early childhood creative projects, highlighting the profound impact that art and craft can have on a child’s development.

Art and Craft Develops Life Skills

Art and crafting activities allow children to refine their fine motor skills and problem-solving skills. When starting with a simple art task, like painting a butterfly, a child can see a straightforward cause and effect from when their paintbrush hits the paper to the shape they create. When successfully creating a butterfly, the children practise how to curve their arm and the brush to capture the wing shape, as well as choosing a colour to paint with. Implementing these kinds of artistic activities in a structured space is one of the many benefits of early childhood education, as they lay the groundwork for many vital life skills. Self-expression and creativity skills are brought forth by choosing colours; hand-eye coordination and motor skills are required to physically create the artwork; Independence, critical thinking, and social skills come along with figuring out what techniques work and what does not work. Early exposure to arts and crafts activities can foster a lifelong journey of creative thinking.

Self-Expression Through Art and Craft Activities

Art and craft activities are inherently open-ended, offering an incredible space to cultivate creativity in children. Children are encouraged to envision and bring their ideas to life, stimulating their imaginations. A simple activity involving creating objects out of playdough can continue to hone fine motor skills and promote self-expression, all while letting the child decide on the objects they want to make. This can also prompt discussions, letting children explain the items they have created and allowing them to explore their interests. Just like play helps enhance social skills and development, by engaging in these artistic activities, children learn how to create, think of ideas, and bring them to life, promoting a future of creation and innovation.

Art, Craft, and Sustainability

At Little Zak’s Academy, we bring a multitude of art and craft projects to life, each brimming with ingenuity and inspiration. However, it is important to balance creative activities with our ethos on sustainability and environmental care. One of our included activities that the children participate in is Zak’s Enviro, a gardening and sustainability program that allows the children to see the work that goes into sustainable practice and its importance. We have an ongoing ‘whole of centre approach’ to celebrating environmental sustainability and ensuring children know the significance of the future of our world. Our arts and crafts activities focus on sustainable ways to create. This can involve simple things like turning an old cardboard box into a unique canvas, using fallen autumn leaves as paintbrushes, to turning empty toilet paper rolls into firecracker prints. Childcare provides a safe and stimulating environment that allows creativity to develop, helping to engage the children in finding new ways to craft sustainable art. Our staff and the children in their care are experts in giving old materials new life with our art and craft projects.

Benefits of Artistic Expression in Early Childhood Development

The benefits of artistic expression extend far beyond the art itself, encompassing profound impacts on children’s holistic development. Through engagement in arts and crafts activities, children are able to refine their cognitive abilities, such as critical thinking and problem-solving, while also honing emotional intelligence and resilience. Furthermore, participation in creative projects fosters a sense of agency, bolstering confidence, self-esteem, and a deep-seated belief in one’s capabilities.


Overall, the importance of arts and crafts activities in early childhood development cannot be understated. The process of creating builds the foundation for lifelong skills while allowing children to creatively express themselves. To see how your child can benefit from structured artistic activities at Little Zak’s Academy, contact us today.