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The Benefits of Arts and Crafts

Benefits of Arts and Crafts

Children love arts and crafts; it gives them the chance to be creative and have some fun at the same time. Children do not usually realize they are learning at the same time, but arts and crafts can be good for their development too. You may not know just how helpful arts and crafts can be, but you will be helping your children in several ways if you ensure that it is part of their lives. Here are just a few of the benefits that getting your kids busy creating can bring.

 

Bonding

Because enjoying arts and crafts together is fun, it means you get to spend quality time with your children, which is brilliant for bonding. When they are engrossed in some coloring, perhaps they will chat away without even thinking about it. This can give you an insight into the way they see things, which can be a huge help if they encounter a life issue such as bullying.

Self-Control

When it comes to creating something from your own mind, there are no rules to say what is right and wrong. Children will have the option to make whatever they want in the way they want. This often needs some self-control in instances where paints and glues may need drying time, for example. Also, things might not go as they had planned. This will teach them patience and to be flexible in their approach to life.

Fine Motor Coordination

In order to draw basic shapes, cut things out, and create patterns, your child will need to use their fine motor coordination. The coordination they learn from these arts and crafts will transfer to other tasks in their life, such as getting dressed and eating. Research has also found a link between good bilateral coordination and academic performance, as it is thought that it exercises the part of the brain that is needed for paying attention and thinking skills.

Using Both Hands

Have you ever noticed that very young children tend to use one hand and then the other? They very rarely use both hands at the same time unless they are taught to do so. That is where arts and crafts can help. If they want to learn sewing, or knitting, just as examples, these crafts require that both hands are used.

Crafting in the Digital Age

Getting creative and using their own initiative is an important skill that your children will need for so many other tasks in life. As many children learn to use the internet from a young age, it can be helpful for them to incorporate digital media into their arts and crafts projects. This can encourage self-confidence and build the foundations for strong IT abilities which they will need both at school and in the working world. You can start small by having them create their own birthday cards or invitations online, and you can find plenty of free templates to help them along the way.

The Expectations of Schools

There are some skills that schools will expect your children to have from their first day. Most parents will do their best to ensure that their children can eat properly, are toilet trained, and can be polite to their teachers. The extra skills that arts and crafts can teach them will also help them to reach the expectations that a school has of every child.