Art activities exist on a continuum from simple activities that you can do at home to art therapy with a licensed professional. It is appropriate for children with a wide range of skills and abilities, and there is no one right way. Few would argue with the fact that artistic pursuits spark creativity, enhance imagination, and encourage self expression in children. Beyond this, art can also play an important role in the development of cognitive, motor, language, and social/emotional development. For example, painting and drawing help children develop fine motor skills, while creating a clay sculpture hones perceptual, planning and spatial abilities.