Children have unlimited energy. Parents of young children can turn to a variety of activities to harness this energy, and crafting is an endeavor that uses children’s enthusiasm and creativity.
Craft projects are more than just a way to get energetic youngsters to sit down and focus their attention. Crafts yield various dividends for youngsters, some of which may surprise parents.
Craftsmanship and hand-eye coordination
Crafts help children develop hand-eye coordination. Illinois-based North Shore Pediatric Therapy notes that crafts that involve drawing shapes, cutting patterns and writing require youngsters to use their fine motor coordination. Coloring, drawing and cutting also require children to use their hands together, which helps develop and strengthen their hand-eye coordination. This development can help children perform a host of additional tasks, including tying shoes, buttoning coats, and eating independently.
Craftsmanship and creativity
Crafts present a great opportunity for children to explore their creativity. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to prioritize creative, unplugged playtime for infants and toddlers, and that can include time spent on craft projects. Craft projects can include more complicated ventures in which children follow instructions, or they can simply allow children to create something from their own imagination. Each type of project involves creating something new and encourages children to develop their creative skills.
Craftsmanship and patience
Parents know that patience is not necessarily a virtue of young children. Craft projects, especially those that require cutting and gluing, don’t offer instant gratification because they require multiple steps and time to dry before they’re complete. North Shore Pediatric Therapy notes that such projects teach children self-regulation, as they require young people to exercise self-control and patience until the project can be considered complete.
crafts and classroom
A 2018 report from the AAP noted that children who use their hands strengthen areas of the brain associated with spatial and mathematical learning. This is an important benefit of crafts and one that the AAP report notes is not gained by children who forego physical activities like crafts for play that relies on interactive media. The benefits of crafts associated with spatial and mathematical learning could help young children once they begin their school careers.
Crafting is a fun activity for children and it is also an activity that benefits their development in surprising ways.