Arts and Crafts in Child Development

Logic will take you from A to B,
Imagination will take you everywhere.

-Einstein

As quoted by Einstein, rather than logic, it is the imagination that will take you everywhere. So, give your kid the wings to fly as far as possible with their imagination.

When your kids insist and you buy art and craft toys for them, you are actually helping them in their overall development. Later, when the kids experiment with their colors and paintbrush, they are simultaneously improving their motor skills as well as having fun time. The bottom line is that when you let your kids get completely engrossed in their art and craft with their imagination, your little one absolutely enjoys themselves in the process of drawing a sketch, coloring, or building blocks while enhancing their various other skills.

Stimulating creativity with arts and crafts will not only increase the chances of your little one becoming the next Steve Jobs, but will also help him in becoming intellectual and confident. So, let us discuss some more benefits of arts and crafts:

Here they are:

1) Improves Coordination

Conventionally, the movement of both hands is involved in art and craft activities. These movements help in the development of bilateral coordination and fine motor skills. The crafts like cutting, drawing or coloring, are where both hands are involved. Additionally, fine motor skills are involved when a child draw shapes and cut them into patterns. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow. Besides, these skills similarly translate to other aspect of their lives, such as eating, showering, dressing, tying shoes and performing other daily activities.

2) Development of various Skills

Building blocks, molding and drawing with clay are some of the games that develop visual-spatial skill. However, with the easy accessibility of the gadgets, nowadays-even toddlers are aware of how to operate a smart phone. This implies that next generation children are taking in all the visual information before they even start reading or writing. We can call this information as the cues that we get from three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television.

This cognitive development is very essential in kids as it improves their visual processing skills. When you are helping your little princess in making paper flowers; besides reinforcing the names of primary colors and identifying objects, you are boosting your child’s visual processing abilities too.

3) Art encourages Creativity

A child’s imagination has no limit and parents should not try to limit them as well. Art and craft activities for kids are a great way to let your children explore their imagination, wherein parents should act as a motivation catalyst. Let your children travel through their fascination and turn it into something substantial.

Creativity is thinking out of the box, bringing the innovative side of your kids, which further nurtures other artistic talents later in their life.

4) Arts and Crafts – Mode of Expression

Arts and crafts are a great mode of expressing emotions, thoughts and feelings. When it comes to kids, they have a brilliant vision about the things that have happened in the past or happening around. Through these, they shape various stories in their heads, which comes out when they are involved in activities including art and craft ones. Parents should encourage those kids who are shy and quite to participate in the creative activities so that they can express their emotions and thoughts. This will give parents some insight into what their child is thinking, going through or feeling.

5) Open-ended Activity

These very versatile activities allow kids to play, whether they are alone or accompanied by someone. Arts and crafts can be quite helpful for kids in bonding with parents and friends. So, occasionally make sure to accompany your kid in their play. Moreover, it is a great source of entertainment for the little one as they can play these games on their own whenever they feel bored.