Exposure to the arts from an early age is critical to the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development of children. In fact, kids who have regular access to digital arts, literature, dance, drama, music, and visual arts build 21st century skills more rapidly than children who do not.
As we head into the season of play, camp counselors can easily incorporate the arts into existing summer activities. This helps kids develop four crucial life skills:
Communication: Appropriately expressing needs, concerns and feelings
Collaboration: Getting along with others, developing emotional intelligence
Critical-thinking: Evaluating situations in order to form judgment