Creative, open-ended art taps into three key developmental areas for young children. First, it allows an emotional outlet, encouraging children’s active expression. Secondly, it builds the executive functions which relate to planning, monitoring, focusing, as well as solving problems. And third, open-ended art strengthens fine -motor skills.
But most importantly, children enjoy making art; open-ended art allows them to be happier with the process. Children are less stressed in an open, nurturing setting and the process of art--as well as the final product--benefits greatly from this relaxation.