As parents, we understand these activities are important to our kids development, but I think we’d be hard pressed to describe why. Just what are the benefits of arts and crafts for kids?
Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Kids
Here are a number of big benefits of arts and crafts for kids:
Arts and Crafts Improve Their Coordination
Arts and crafts usually involve children working with both hands, and involve them moving their hands in a particular manner. This helps them develop their bilateral coordination and fine motor skills, which will help them learn and get used to a variety of other daily activities such as dressing, showering, tying their shoes, and so on. It may also help them in sports when they are old enough to play.
Arts and Crafts Can Hone Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are nothing more than small movements. When you pick up tiny objects, hold a fork or spoon, or manipulate a pen or pencil to draw, you are employing fine motor skills. And with your child colors, makes a craft project at school or creates a macaroni and glue art masterpiece, he is improving his fine motor skills.
Arts and Craft Help with Important Visual Processing Abilities
You notice patterns, colors and physical improbabilities without thinking twice. That is because when you worked on crafts and your artistic efforts were promoted as a child, you were improving your visual processing skills. This cognitive development is very important in your child’s early years. And when you help your little princess create a construction paper tiara while reinforcing the names and identification of primary colors and objects, you boost your child’s visual processing capabilities both now and later in life.
Arts and Crafts Promote Executive Functioning
I am not referring to your child’s ability to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Not yet anyway. Executive functioning means focusing attention, controlling impulses and using working memory. All of those skills are effectively promoted when you break out the crayons, craft paper, scissors and glue and sit down with some arts and crafts quality time with your child. These skills guide planned behavior, and are very predictive of later professional and academic success.
Arts and Crafts Can Skyrocket Self-Esteem
One of the most important stages of child development is when toddlers learn to feel good about themselves. Arts and crafts activities empower children with positive emotional responses to learning. They understand that they created something, and when you encourage and promote this creativity, your kids enjoy a feeling of self-pride.
Arts and Crafts Teach Them to Express Themselves
Arts and crafts are a great way to allow children to express themselves, as children tend to be very visual about the things that happen around them and in their heads. For children who are shy and reserved, parents should have even more reason to encourage them to carry out arts and crafts activities as this will give the parents some insight into what their child is feeling, thinking, or experiencing.
Arts and Crafts Encourage Creativity
A child’s imagination has no limits, and arts and crafts are a great way for kids to explore their imagination and turn it into something productive. Arts and crafts encourage kids to be creative and innovative, which could further nurture other artistic talents down the line.
Arts and Crafts are a Flexible Activity
Arts and crafts are an activity that can be done both alone and with company, so kids can do it whenever they feel like it. It can be a great bonding activity between your kids and their friends or even your kids and you, and also be a hobby which your kids can pursue when they need to entertain themselves when they are on their own.
All these benefits should have convinced you by now that it is worth it to encourage your kids to pursue arts and crafts as a hobby. So, go ahead and get your kids some material they can use for their art projects, and do the projects together with them if you can. Art materials can be extremely affordable, and they are well worth the investment. You never know, you may have a Picasso in the making right in your home!