Parents love crafts for many reasons. This activity can keep your kiddos busy and entertained for hours and you get something special to hang on the fridge. But there are many more benefits that crafting can provide your child.
At Growing Kids Learning Centers, we love crafts and know the benefits that they can offer. We include a variety of crafts in our programs and curriculums because we know that students have a blast doing them and they will get a ton of benefits. In this blog, we are going to talk about the benefits that crafting can provide your kiddo. Be sure to read on and go hit the craft store to get new supplies for your child!
Improves Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are something we develop at a young age. Fine motor skills are movements made with small muscles, like those in our hands and fingers, and include things like using scissors, fastening a button, tying a shoelace, or tearing paper. Crafting involves a ton of movements that are considered fine motor skills, which means that your child will improve these skills as they do more crafts.
From sculpting with playdough to cutting construction paper to holding a pencil, your child will be using and developing their fine motor skills with every craft they do! Their control over the muscles in their hands and muscles will improve, which will help them complete a number of tasks as they get older.
Boosts Hand-Eye Coordination
Your child will also be able to improve their hand-eye coordination. Hand-eye coordination is the control eye movement and hand movement, as they work together. As your child works on their craft projects, they will be able to improve their hand-eye coordination.
Cutting along a line, coloring in the lines, and molding clay will help boost their coordination. This is a skill that they will use throughout their entire lives, especially if they are going to be in sports.
Gives a Sense of Achievement
Believe it or not, but crafts can provide your child with a sense of accomplishment and a boost in self-esteem. When you teach your child to create something on their own, they feel like they are in control, which will help boost their confidence. When they complete their craft projects, they will feel that sense of achievement and accomplishment. In time, this can help them have higher self-esteem, which can be extremely beneficial as they get older.
Allow Them To Express Themselves
Many children have trouble expressing themselves and their feelings, while there are many things you can do to help them with this, art and craft projects can help. Crafts give your child the outlet they need to express their feelings, even if they can’t verbally express how they feel.
If you notice that your child is feeling a certain way and can’t express it, give them some craft supplies and let them create whatever they want. Even if you don’t understand what feeling their picture is trying to convey, you may notice that they feel better after they complete their project.
Creativity is extremely beneficial for children. Creativity can help them with problem-solving when they are older and can help them become more innovative. Doing crafts can help encourage their creative thinking and allow them to continue boosting their creativity. The more your child boosts their creativity now, the more likely they will be to carry their creative thinking into their older years, which can be very beneficial.
Improves Decision-Making Skills
Crafting involves a lot of decisions, from what to create to what colors to use and what supplies should be included. When your child crafts, they will be able to start making decisions for themselves. This will help improve their decision-making skills for other things in life. They will be able to use these skills to make decisions when faced with other problems.
Allows of Easier Socialization
Some kids may have trouble making friends, especially if they do not have the same interests. Crafting is something that most children love and can be done together. Each child can work on their own project while socializing with other kiddos. This is a great activity for shy children because it allows them to do an activity alone, while still with others. Eventually, they will start opening up and may feel more confident socializing with others.
Crafting is a fun activity that most kids love and is one thing that can provide a number of different benefits. Now that you know the benefits that crafting can provide your kiddo, be sure to get more craft supplies and join them in creating this week!
If you are looking for a high-quality learning center that focuses on your child’s development and learning, be sure to contact Growing Kids Learning Centers!