The Arts Council England state that involvement with arts and culture is crucial to imagination, self-expression and creativity in young people. It also develops the skills that fuel the success of the UK’s creative industries, and that will result in the next generation of creative talent across the country.
By giving your child time for unstructured art, you are allowing them time to explore and develop their creativity. Creativity is is the best way for your child to express themselves without judgment. Creativity fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities to try out new ideas and new ways of thinking. Indeed Picasso put it best when he said "every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."