Learning while playing. That’s the key. And arts and crafts are perfect for this because they stimulate and strength mental processes, apart from developing other aspects such as creativity.
They are also a great way to spend time with our children. But not to be with them while we are thinking about the shopping list, that email we haven’t written or all the we haven’t written or all the “shoulds” that pile up on our daily to-do list on a daily basis. They force us to focus on what we are doing, to pay attention to what our children are doing, if we don’t want our house to end up looking like a battlefield, and to enjoy it.
According to experts, the benefits of arts and crafts for children can be summarised as follows in:
It encourages creativity
Crafts have the capacity to unleash the imagination and therefore to develop creativity and to express the way in which each person sees the world around them differently.
Improves psychomotor skills
The earlier a child starts doing arts and crafts, the better. They don’t have to be very elaborate, an excellent activity for babies is finger painting. This helps them to develop tactile sensitivity and to gain greater control of their fingers and hands.
And for older children, painting with brushes or cutting out are learning activities that will be very useful and valuable for them when they start to write, for example.
To achieve the expected result, children are required to focus their attention on the task in front of them. A relaxed and pleasant environment, with no rush to finish, makes it much easier for them.
Work on patience
Crafts are a clear example of an activity that does not offer an immediate reward. You have to work, sometimes hard, to get what you set out to do. This helps to cultivate patience and shows how important it is to work hard to get what we want.
Once the artwork is finished, it’s time to pick it up. Involving children in this task is a way of showing them how to be responsible for their things and to educate them in co-responsibility.
Strengthens family ties
As we said at the beginning of this article, doing activities as a family is a great way to spend time together. What could be better for a child than doing something fun in company of mum and dad?