India has a rich art history passed down from one generation to another, coming from around 3500 BC and has a massive influence on the global art scenario. Here are our favourite Indian art forms that children across age group can learn:
1) Embroidery- A handcraft that can be embraced by both girls and boys. A simple embroidery project can teach kids to learn to be patient and wait for the end result of hard work. Eye-hand coordination, color theory, design and planning are some of the skills developed by embroidery.
2) Rangoli - Colourful patterns using colours, flowers, rice and grains can be used to make this unique decoration at the door. Involving your children in Rangoli makes a great way to bond with them.
3) Pottery - One of the best sensory skill-developing activities for kids. While moulding with clay into different shapes and objects, children learn to develop their imagination and to express themselves.
4) Painting - When it comes to teaching Indian painting arts to kids, there is no dearth of options to choose from as various painting styles are prevalent across various regions like Madhubani, Warli, Kalighat, Kalamkari, Gond, Pichwai and many more! Teaching these art forms is also a good way to teach children about India's rich ancient culture and traditions.
5) Knitting- Knitting is another great way to teach kids about the process of creation. They also learn to develop their fine motor skills and build their attention span.
While you are trying to introduce your child to an art form, it is important that you take it slow and start with small projects to see if your child is enjoying the activity or not. It may happen that you as a parent may find it interesting while your child may not. In such cases, let your child decide and choose another art form that he/she would like to pursue further.