Are Babies Too Young for Art?

Are Babies Too Young for Art?


Once they begin to play and interact with their environment, most babies are ready for
developmentally appropriate art experiences.  At this age it's all about the process: fingerpainting, scribbling with fat crayons, painting with chubby brushes, etc.  What matters is that they have a warm, bonding experiences with their caregivers(s), which will help develop their social skills.

But what if it's not fun?  A baby who is not interested or who gets upset is not ready to explore art materials.  Put the materials away for a couple months and try again.

If a baby is having fun, the learning process will take care of itself.  Art helps babies develop their senses, especially sight and touch.  They will hear new vocabulary, engage in problem soving, and learn to create.  Art strengthens eye-hand coordination and muscular coordination as well as motor skills.

Relax and let things flow naturally.  Remember babies were born to create and so were you.