Literature at Play Workshop

Arts Education Benefits: Fun

The arts are essential to education. Engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development. This week we explore one of the arts many benefits: fun!

Fun: enjoyment, amusement or a lighthearted pleasure

One of the best things about arts education? It’s fun! The greatest thing about arts education? Kids have fun while learning! It is so important that kids realize you can enjoy learning in addition to it being informative. We learn best when we’re having a good time. The valuable skills they learn can then be applied to other subjects.

Did you know?

  • Having fun allows everyone (not just kids!) to have better health, greater happiness and less stress
  • Play fuels healthy development of children as we learn best when we are having fun; kids also learn to play with ideas through having fun which enhances their abstract thinking
  • Gross-motor skills, coordination, fine-motor & manipulation skills, language skills, cognitive capacity and more are all important skills that are taught and enhanced by having fun!

“And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – Joe Namath

Time and time again students tell us the best part of a Literature at Play residency is that they had a great time. Whether it’s writing a song, developing a character through an improv activity or sharing their plays with their peers, the students are engaged with the activity and learning without even noticing.

“It made reading fun. It allowed us to picture events from the book in our imaginations.” – Student who participated in Literature at Play

“It’s fun to get on stage and act and sing and be silly.” – Student who participated in Literature at Play

Next week we’ll explore how students learn Perseverance through the arts.

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