What is the benefit of crafting with children? There is MANY! Making sure your kids are expressing their creativity is an essential part of growing up. There are a ton of great benefits to crafting with your children.
There is no negative to crafting, and it's a great experience for children to help develop them to amazing adults.
Here we will give you ten of the many benefits of crafting and staying creative.
With each we will even suggest some great crafts that our Critters have created that create the mentioned benefit of crafting (and more).
#1: Provides an Outlet for Emotions
Being creative with your children allows them to express themselves through art.
When creating projects, allow for some areas where the children get to decide what type to make or how to decorate something.
For example, if you are making an animal craft, allow them to decide what animal and how they want it to look.
If they want a pink elephant, let them!
It's about showing them that self expression of their emotions and feelings is positive.
This will help the children to understand that emotions are okay to share and release. When they have stressful events they will have an outlet to release emotions in crafts or art.
They will have a positive outlook on life because they won't repress emotions or hide them.
When creating crafts there is a need to decide on a plan and follow it through.
Using the same example as above, we create an animal craft.
The child has to pick an animal, how they want it to look, what supplies they will need and how they will put it all together to create their vision.
This benefit of crafting teaches them to problem solve, and plan.
It also instils the idea of having a goal or vision and planning what they need to achieve that goal or vision.
They will also gain confidence in themselves after seeing that their plan came together beautifully.
A lot of crafts involve a variety of different aspects - from cutting, gluing, and manipulating items.
This benefit of crafting helps children to develop their dexterity and motor skills.
Cutting out their own things (with safety scissors) will help them develop their fine motor skills.
Bending and twisting things, like pipe cleaners, will develop those fine motor skills and make it fun too!
Great objects for this are pipe cleaners and play dough!
There are three main learning styles:
You teach them through auditory learning by reciting the instructions to them verbally. This will allow them to hear and understand how to create the craft.
Visually you can show them our step by step pictures of the craft. This will allow them to learn the craft visually as well.
And, lastly, to physically teach them show them with your hands and allow them to try - guide them through the steps.
With crafting you will help children to learn through all of these styles. This will help make schooling easier and learning easier.
Creating crafts from a variety of cultures is a great way to teach your children about other cultures and traditions.
It is a fun way to show that all cultures are equal and fun to learn about.
This will give them an understanding of a variety of different people and make them more accepting of everyone.
This can be especially beneficial in preventing bullying.
If children are aware of other cultures, they will be more understanding of children in school that have different beliefs and rituals.
If there are children with specific eating rituals, or clothing that is different, your children will be accepting of it and may already know why they eat certain ways or why they dress that way. It becomes "normal" to them and they see no need to point it out or bully.
No one is seen as different because of this benefit of crafting
When crafting with children be sure to always teach them something with each craft.
If you are making a craft of an animal teach them some facts about that animal.
This benefit of crafting will allow them to associate crafting with learning, and in turn learning with fun.
This will help with schooling and make the kids excited about learning, even when not crafting.
For our example to the right, we make a pencil holder. It's great fun to make this craft, but also the result is quirky and bright so the kids want to use the item afterwards.
It's a great way to get them to organize things, stay clean, and promote drawing, writing, etc.
The children get to see that all their hard work made this great item (like our pencil holder) and they will be so proud to use it.
Working with your children on crafts will enhancing bonding between the child and parent.
It allows you to work together with them to create something fun and beautiful.
Rather than sit your child down to craft while you clean, involve yourself in the craft and teaching them. This is a great bonding experience.
This is also helpful within the classroom, or with siblings.
Creating this bonding atmosphere by having them help each other, show each other their crafts, give each other ideas, etc.
Children will learn that it is fun to express their creativity and feelings.
They will become confident in their decision-making abilities.
They will want to show off their crafts, and be proud of them.
They will be excited to see what they can create all on their own.
This is a great way to build their self esteem, as well as allow them to express their emotions.
It gives them a way to let off steam if they are upset, or put their energy into the decorating.
This benefit of crafting gives children the ability to decide on what type of craft to make, how to go about making it, how to design it, etc.
This gives them confidence in making their own choices, and thinking about what choice to make.
To ensure that you are maximizing this benefit:
Creativity and crafting gets those brain waves moving and keeps children mentally active, even if they aren't being physically active. It is important to keep your brain stimulated.
Great way to keep them exercising their brain through summer break (without them realizing they are still learning).
Why not craft with your kids? These are just a few of the benefits. Even just one of the benefit of crafting is a great personal growth experience for your kids.
Some of these benefits apply to adults too, so you would benefit as well from crafting with your children.
Want to see more great reasons to craft? It makes you happier AND healthier.
Check out this awesome article on why crafting makes you happier and healthier.