Best Activities for Kids: From Ballet to Swimming, an Age-by-Age Guide to Kid Classes

Wondering if your child is ready to start dance class, swim lessons or Little League? Here's how to choose the right activities for kids at every age (20 Photos)

Dina Roth Port on Sep 1, 2013 at 12:58PM

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What they'll learn: Art is beneficial for children of all ages. "Because communication and speaking skills are still developing, visual arts programs can help children express themselves," explains Lauren Barkan, founder of Picasso's Children, a youth art program in South Florida. "Through art, kids can learn to relate to the world around them and become comfortable with creative thinking. It also helps children develop their fine motor skills and can nurture a lifetime love of art."

Best for: While art classes are great for all kids ages 2 and up, you'll want to keep your child's age in mind when picking a class. For children ages 2 to 5, Barkan recommends looking for programs that teach the basics (such as shape, color, and texture) and ones that use age-appropriate materials such as thick paint brushes or cotton swabs so that kids don't get frustrated. Older kids can start learning about specific styles, mediums and even artists. "This is the time to make art relatable and exiting," says Barkan. 

 

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