How to tap children’s talents? Nowadays, with living conditions getting better and better, many parents have begun to increase their “investment” on children. They sign up in various interest training classes for children, hoping them adopt various skills and get a better foothold in future society.

Or, parents, who once get certain talent and interest in certain things but did not get it developed for special reasons, hope their children to substitute themselves for fulfilling the talent. Regardless of the various reasons that parents are scrambling to sign up for talent interest classes, it is necessary to consider a question: whether children are suitable to learn those things at their current age. At what age should kids start talent training classes?

Painting talent training

Drawing and painting can not only exercise children’s hand-eye coordination but also exercise children’s imagination and sense of beauty. Therefore, many parents choose to develop children’s painting talent. However, not all parents get a systematic study plan of drawing for children. Generally speaking, children start to “graffiti” around the age of 1. At around two and a half years, children get interested in shapes and colors. During these ages, there is no need to have talents class. Parents should pay attention to caring, supporting, and encouragement.

When the child gets four or five years old, he starts to think about the real world and the things he has experienced, and he starts to hold the drawing brush correctly. Moreover, their imagination is also the most abundant moment at this age. Therefore, 4-5 years old is recognized as the best age for children to start painting.

Piano (instrument) talent

Babies are born with the ability to know music. A baby who has just been born can respond differently to hearing different types of music. Therefore, experts suggest that the music enlightenment for a child starts earlier. However, from the perspective of physiology and psychology, children’s attention, cognition and comprehension abilities begin to improve greatly after they get 4-5 years old, and these abilities are also the premise for learning piano, violin, and other musical instruments. In addition, the use of musical instruments requires the delicate movement of muscles, especially small muscles. The growth and development of children’s body start from the movement of large muscles, and then to the delicate movements of small muscles.

If you let your child practice using music instruments too early, it will cause damage to his finger development. It is generally recommended that girls begin to practice piano, violin, and other musical instruments from the age of 4-5. Since boys are later than girls in physical development, discriminating ability, intelligence, and hearing, boys can start practicing music instruments around 5-6 years old.

Dance talent

Many parents feel that the younger the child is, the more flexible his body is, and the better it is to learn dance. However, this is not true. I have a friend who registered and enrolled in a dance interest class when her daughter was over 3 years old. Before sooner, the girl said that her leg hurt. At first, the mom thought that the child was growing and it was just normal leg pain. She did not care about it too much. She didn’t realize the seriousness of the problem until one day the girl could not bear the pain while practicing dance.

The child was taken to the hospital for examination, and the doctor told her that the child was suffering from a ligament strain, and criticized her particularly severely: “Now your parents are always under the banner of being good for children and get this and that class for the child! What kind of dance and gymnastics could she learn at the age of 3 years old? ”

Learning dance and gymnastics, it is best to consider from the perspective of child’s bone development and mental maturity. There are some difficult movements in these exercises, which will make the body loads a lot, hence easily strain the muscles. Therefore, children should avoid dancing, gymnastics, and other training before the age of three. Wait until the child gets 4-5 years old to start basic dancing practice and interest training, and then start professional dance training after 7 years’ old.

Chess talent, such as Go, Chess, etc.

In recent years, chess training classes have become more and more popular. Those moms with their children under the age of 3 going to the mall could be stopped by the training organization staff peddling classes. In fact, children aged 4-6 are the strongest in curiosity and acceptance ability, so this stage is also good to develop intelligence.

Many experts believe that the best age for children to learn Go and Chess is at 5-6 years old. Children at this stage can understand and obey the rules required for chess. In addition to age, there is a more important criterion- whether the child is “ready”. Because children of the same age have their own individual differences, we cannot use an age standard to determine whether he is going to start learning it. If the child has a certain talent in chess, don’t let the child’s talent be buried.


For children, most talent training classes are amateurish activities. The learning process helps them tap out personal talents and potential in certain aspects. However, as your kid grows up, gradually ascertaining himself/herself that s/he loves it and would like to develop this talent into professional skills, he needs advanced formal education. As for this, universities set up arts schools and courses, covering majors of dance, music, cultural literature, etc. Among those disciplines, there is always one fit for your kids. Choose a proper uni major, helping him get what he loves into his future career!

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