Time to get your kids off the computer and video games and bring out the creative minds in your children! Reveal the creativity in your kids with arts and crafts – a past favorite as well as present activity for all ages. Arts and crafts encourage children’s creativity as well as build motor skills. Kids love to experiment with different types of medium and get involved in fun projects that engage their mind and hands – keeps them busy while having fun too.
Children love to use their imaginations – arts and crafts provide ways for kids to express themselves in an enjoyable way while cultivating their creativity and boosting their imaginations further. Children will learn problem solving skills, increase comprehension, develop ideas, and will provide a positive, constructive way for them to express their thoughts. Every child is unique with different levels of skills and creativity resulting in all different variation of the projects – they will create something unique out of raw materials resulting in personal rewards and a sense of accomplishment.
Arts and crafts can help in developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills through use of some common tools such as scissors, brushes and glue. Kids can also gain better control over their hands by using some materials such as modeling clay, paints, and coloring markers. Some of these materials are a little messy and require some clean up time, but they’re fun. Tools such as hooks and latches, beads, carving knives and knitting or crocheting needles, and pottery wheel can improve coordination and manual dexterity in older children. Whatever medium children use to create, they will have greater coordination skills resulting from continuous use.
Children’s concentration and perseverance will greatly improve working on craft projects. There is definite gain in the level of perseverance – children learn to keep trying until they complete the task, from simple coloring to a more complex sculpting. If something unexpected goes wrong, frustration may set in, but they are encouraged to persevere by trying different ways and means – resulting in a wonderful piece of art that they have created. Also, most craft projects involve following instructions in order to produce the single piece of craft – usually takes several hours or days to complete. More complex the craft is, more concentration and focus is needed in following instructions. Kids will learn patience while learning to handle frustration and will come to understand that sometimes it takes work and perseverance to achieve a positive final result.
Provide your children with materials and resources and let them create while learning valuable skills – open up many opportunities for them to be creative, concentrating and persevering through the fun medium of arts and crafts. Children will take great pride in knowing that they have made something with their own hands while having fun at the same time.