Crafting with Kids

There are lots of great reasons for encouraging your kids to do more arts and crafts, from the fact that it aids basic learning processes, such as letter and number recognition and also promotes basic coordination and motor skills, to its inherent ability to stimulate creativity and imaginative play. When a young child is engaged in arts and crafts, their naturally inquisitive minds and hands-on approach takes over, and they can learn an incredible amount without even realizing they are doing anything other than having fun.

Plus, quite simply, being involved with arts and crafts with your kids is a great way to enjoy family activities together. Involving your children in a practical purpose and showing them the joy in making things is a positive step. It’s also an ideal activity to do when the seasons start to turn, when the weather gets colder outside or on rainy days.

A successful arts and crafts activity is an excellent source of personal satisfaction for the child, who will gain a sense of pride at finishing a project. In addition, they will learn how to use basic tools along the way, including scissors, glue and brushes to carving tools, modeling clay and knitting needles.

Children will learn perseverance from their arts and crafting; they learn how to sit still and really work at something that requires a great deal of concentration. Depending on the complexity of a project, it can sometimes take several weeks and will require dexterity as well as patience to complete. Children thus learn that some things take hard work and determination to achieve the end result they desire.

Organizing an arts and crafts session with children

Anyone planning an arts and crafts session with their kids must first accept that things are going to get messy, so make sure furniture as well as clothing is prepared. If you don’t have a workshop area available, cover the kitchen or dining room table with newspaper or similar. Use washable, non-toxic materials and ensure before you start that the kids are wearing overalls or old clothes that nobody will mind getting paint on.

Allow a good amount of space on the kitchen table or any other work surface (extending dining tables are good for this), but remember that things might not be dry by the time the session is over; it’s not generally a good idea to take over the dining table for a painting session one hour before you plan on serving up the evening meal. Think ahead and allot enough time as well as space for a stress-free session.

There is really no limit to what kind of arts and crafts projects you can do with your kids, but some great activities include: Painting; making simple things from cardboard, papier mache, or ordinary throwaway household items; pottery; collages (using old magazines and brochures); embroidery and sewing.

Remember that there’s no one right way for the finished object to turn out. Arts and crafts with children isn’t for perfectionists, and while as a parent you are sure to see lots of mistakes, for the child, anything goes, so encourage free thought and don’t attempt to push for a perfect outcome as this will only lead to frustration. The older the child, the more likely they are to give up if they feel they are not doing it right. If you are a bit of a crafter yourself, consider keeping some of the materials for after bedtime and work on your own masterpiece alone.

Crafts should be age appropriate, and if working with younger kids don’t make it too complicated. The idea is that everyone is actively involved rather than simply along for the ride. And finally: Remember that the value comes in the making, rather than the end result.

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