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Art & Craft and Children

Don’t Sweat Over An Artist!

If you come home one day to find your kids with their elbows glued to your yoga mat surrounded by colored paper and sequins, relax and have a good look at what they have been up to. Chances are your kids love art and craft and find ways to turn anything into creative project. This beautiful mess in your home is a sign of a great student at work and an unmatched artist in the making. Often taken as synonyms of each other, art and craft do fit together like a glove over a hand but they are different processes. According to art therapists art involves unstructured activities in which you explore ideas with your imagination, whereas craft involves structured activities with a specific goal in mind.

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Know Your Craft

Designing or creating something is a holistic process. It is like solving a visual or physical problem, only that it’s more fun than an actual problem. Crafting in particular is a state of mind when you start down a never ending road of innovative ways and rich techniques to achieve a predetermined outcome. No matter if you are a potter or a wood carver or a shoemaker; every creative process needs passion and whole heartedness to be able to convey beauty and utility. The creator puts in value by paying attention to every small detail that makes a lasting and beautifully crafted artifact. We know somewhere deep inside us that this creative and artistic discipline is important but why is it that it’s often overlooked? Maybe it’s the digital age or whatever that we want to call it. Maybe it’s our nature that has made us so impatient so much so that we just rush to the outcome without thinking. Maybe it’s the machines and the mass produced goods that loom over and scream profits at all costs. Crafts are significant in the way that they involve a close relationship between the creator and the creation.

know your craft talentA craftsman puts all his talent and hard work into creating something that holds a distinct character along with beauty and purpose. As a learning activity, craft has been linked to ease the processes of learning other disciplines such as language, music, arts, mathematics, social studies and science. Art and craft has traditionally been ignored before more academic pursuits and this is where we lack in appreciating its true worth in the overall development of our children. Crafts again, have been around for quite long time. Some argue them being present since the beginning of time when people created things for trading,[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]selling, spiritual or artistic expression, as well as creating personal and household articles. Slowly the world evolved and now crafts have become a hobby and a great educational tool for kids. It can not only keep your children entertained on a rainy day, but also extend their skills, help them develop concepts like color or numbers and enable them to see scientific processes like gluing and paint drying in action. It allows them to explore ideas and concepts and then express them by making something that can appeal to their senses, entertain their parents or friends or simply for fun.

Imagination and Self-Expression

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Participating in activities of art and craft stimulates creativity and imagination. A paintbrush gives your child the ability to create vivid images, paintings and scenes to express himself boldly with color. He or she can also learn a lot about symbolic communication of feelings through creations.

Individual Craftsmanship

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Art and craft play a vital role in developing individuality in children at an early age. A routine clay play might spark a strong interest in pottery for a child. What you need to do is encourage her to develop and enhance her skills and talents from the start.

Strengthens Academics

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Integrating art and craft into academics can have additional benefits with many scientific and mathematical concepts. The child can understand them better and more easily as they become even more interesting to them this way. Making a picture or a sculpture of a character from a story, or using paper shapes may boost their interest in literature or help them gain mastery of mathematical concepts.

Life Skills

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Creating a work of art introduces them to the process of communicating visually. Your young genius can build problem-solving skills, fine motor skills and even social skills as they work with artistic media. The process of creating and noticing others’ creations enables them to appreciate other people’s strengths and accept their own abilities.

Crafts for the Early Creator

Kids who start early or are simply more inclined to crafts see it as a great pastime and let’s face it; the preschooler can keep himself occupied in an activity that makes a strong base for future learning.  Some incredible benefits of it can be:

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  • Extending their thinking across multiple patterns of intelligence
  • Develop higher thinking skills
  • Enhance multicultural understandings
  • Build self esteem
  • Gain positive emotional responses to learning
  • Engage through a variety of learning styles

 

Crafts As They Grow

As your kids grow, so does their talent and this drives them to create something more challenging with each new project. New craft ideas encourage and thrill your children to use their imagination to create things for their own entertainment and satisfaction. Being able to make something on their own instills a self-confidence in them that is otherwise hard to come by.

Activities That Complement Craft

Music – learning to play an instrument can be a great hobby to introduce to kids

Creative Writing – writing stories as a hobby is a great way for children to enhance their literary skills and use their imagination. They can turn their stories into drawings and make their own books

Storytelling – the oldest art form in the world is to tell stories orally, and it lies at the heart of the way we think and make sense of our world. Stories could include real and fictional events

Debating – this will give your child the ability to present an argument persuasively, to understand that there are two sides to most arguments and the confidence to speak in front of a room full of people

Art – And of course, the closely related discipline of drawing, sketching and painting shouldn’t be forgotten. Some believe they go hand in hand as they both involve creativity in thought

Craft with Care - A Word of Caution before You Start Creating

 

Lack of Interest

lack of interest

Forcing your kids to complete a project when there is little to no interest from their side is a strict NO. Encouraging and rewarding them on the other hand when they do finish something would be better.

Avoid Complexity

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This can be done by making sure what exactly and how much you and your child are capable of accomplishing. Let’s not overestimate our abilities and get swayed by something that you are not equipped to go through with. Quitting a project midway due to lack of skill required will dishearten your little one and you don’t want that.

A Simple Start

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In case you are a beginner, start with something very simple. Get the feel of the tools, materials and techniques. Trying them out on simpler tasks prepares you for more complex projects.

Make Time

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You need to give any activity some time to seep into your system. No matter how seemingly uncomplicated it might seem, giving yourself and your child plenty of time to think about and enjoy the project at hand gives you enough opportunity to take pleasure in the task and in each other’s company as well.

Benefits of Art & Craft

benefits of art and craft

Children can be taught a lot of things with the help of art & craft and it is very likely that they will learn them easily and without complaining. You can teach them subjects like alphabets, numbers and colors. It can also be used to expand textbook lessons of older students to help them figure out a way to express ideas and concepts visually.

Bilateral Coordination

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It can help your child develop fine coordination between their limbs as activities such as coloring, drawing and cutting require the use of both hands together. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow, such as writing, tying shoes, typing and so much more!

Fine Motor Skills

fine motor skills

In order to draw shapes, cut patterns and hold things in place, balance and harmony between hands are required. These skills similarly translate to other areas of life, such as dressing, eating and academics.

Self-Regulation

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Crafts that require drying, fixing, stabilizing of items, adhesives, glues, papers, ribbons, etc. require you to wait. This is a great lesson for your child as it teaches them self-control and patience. Also, as those things dry up, they might not always turn out to be exactly as we hope, so yes, indulging in art and craft is a great way to promote flexibility in your child.

Self-esteem

self esteem benefit from art and craft

Making something creative challenges our senses and activates our brain cells. Also choosing an initial task that is at par with your child’s skill level is important to build self-esteem. Completing that project successfully gives a sense of accomplishment and pride and develops a foundation for more complicated tasks in future.

Family Time

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Your creative little buddy will love spending time with family even more when the end result would be something as rewarding as this. Creating something becomes all the more fun in the company of loved ones.

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