Are you one of those parents who worry about the excessive amount of time your kids spend on smartphones and gadgets? In this modern generation, electronic devices have consumed our children’s pastime. What more rewarding way to get children off screens than get them involved in the arts and crafts?
As a parent, you might want to expose your child to arts and crafts at a very young age. Not only will it benefit them in the future, but it can also be a form of bonding between you and your child.
There are loads of advantages of arts and crafts for your child’s development. Below are some of the reasons you should encourage your child to do arts and crafts:
1. Strengthens fine motor skills
The simple act of doing arts and crafts improves your child’s hand-eye coordination and small and large muscle development. Fine motor skills are critical when they start to do precision-based activities like writing. Their control of hand muscles can be developed with the use of pencils, crayons, and paintbrushes.
2. Builds the child’s confidence
Arts and crafts enable collaboration. Your child mingling with other kids teaches him to appreciate teamwork. When your child sees that there’s success in groups, he will start to have confidence and initiate working together.
In line with that, any piece of art that your child accomplished already contributes to building his self-confidence.
3. Promotes creativity and imagination
Arts and crafts allow your child to do things on his or her own. At first try, it’s not the value of whether it’s right or wrong. Your child experiments and invents something new. It pushes his creativity to wander. You want your child to have the mindset of not being afraid to try new things. Art materials like pencil, paper, and crayon are all flexible things which can be used for creativity and imagination.
Molding your child’s creativity promotes originality on how he is going to live his life. Also, this leads to formulate his solutions to problems.
4. Develops problem-solving abilities
Your child can connect things in his mind through art such as shapes and patterns. Art will help him to solve complex problems when he grows up.
As he mixes and matches with different art materials, he’s able to make up which ones work best together. In other words, art allows him to be independent, and no matter what the outcome is, he can still be proud of it. He will maximize all the perspectives in looking at a problem and stretch various paths in solving them.
5. Helps children understand themselves and the world
Your child gets art inspiration from what he sees in the reality. From their actual experience, their minds translate that to art. They’ll do their best to make it look like the real thing like a sunset or city skyline.
Through art, he’ll have a better grasp of his surroundings and express his thoughts, feelings, and emotions. As he grows up, he’ll develop a personal voice.
6. Makes kids smarter
As your child grows up, his mind makes new brain connections. At the very young age of three, this is the stage where your child’s mind is active. It’s important to make use of the brain’s two hemispheres: right for analytical and logical thinking and left for creative and emotional thinking.
Making him experience an artful environment supports this phenomenon in his mind. Art uses all the senses. The feel of the paint and the beauty of mixing colors are all memorable experiences for your child.
7. Encourages bonding and fun
When your child creates art, he expects you to join him. It’s an entertaining and enjoyable moment in his head, so his instinct immediately says he should share it with you.
Also, you can understand your child through his art especially if he’s not in his verbal stage yet. You can ask questions about his drawings and sketches, and let them explain it to you. One of the most precious things is when your child sees you’re listening to him.
Let them create!
Sharing a creative moment with your child can simply be the two of you surrounded by multiple art materials. Scribbling, coloring, and even just talking about the art elements together are all shared experiences through arts and crafts.
At the end of the day, arts and crafts are fun for kids! It’s never too late to expose your child to arts and crafts and make it part of their day-to-day activities.
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