Reading and mathematics are two “major” subjects in most schools, but what about creativity? Although arts and crafts are considered a luxury, they can also be the building blocks of child development.
Learning to be creative and appreciating beauty is ever more significant for next generation kids.
Here are 5 benefits of developing your child’s creativity:
- Fine motor coordination. Children need motor coordination to learn how to write, cut patterns, and draw shapes. These skills also help them in other areas of their life, such as eating and dressing.
- Self-esteem booster. At first, rather than choosing difficult art projects, select the ones that match with your child’s current skill level. This will help them build their self-esteem, and give them a great sense of accomplishment, especially when they complete their crafts successfully. Later, as your children begin to explore more, you can introduce more challenges just to keep them engaged.
- Bilateral coordination. Crafts activities such as drawing, coloring, and cutting require your child to use both their hands. This skill can also help them in other areas of their life, including typing, tying shoes, writing, and much more!
- Self-regulation. Your child needs to learn to “wait” when doing crafts activity such as drying, which can help them develop life’s vital skills such as patience and self-control.
Remember: Arts and crafts must also teach your child to be flexible.
When exploring creativity, there’s no right or wrong way – just a matter of achieving a balance.
- Bonding and fun. You and your children will spend quality time together to create something memorable and fun, which you’ll both look at it with a sense of pride and joy.
And, here’s how you can inspire creativity in your child, in 6 simple ways:
- Avoid drawing with your kid. Parent often sit beside their children and draw along with them, which can discourage him. Instead of drawing with them, just stand there right next to them and let them know that you’re interested and supportive of their artwork.
- Don’t give directions. Don’t tell your children what they should draw or how they should draw. For example, rather than saying, “draw an elephant,” encourage them by saying, “play around with the colors using different types of paper and brushes.”
- Be specific about their artwork. When giving feedbacks on artworks, try being specific, rather than vague. For example, you can say, “I see that you’re using a lot of oranges. Why did you select that color?”
- Prepare an art space. Establish an art space for your child so that they can experiment with their artwork (and be messy). It could be outside the house, in the backyard, garage, or inside the home (top of your kitchen table – my favorite).
- Let it be. Once they’ve completed their artwork, do NOT suggest additional changes, which will help them feel appreciated, and know that what he’s created is enough – even if it was merely a dot on the paper.
- Explore their process. One of the most effective ways to boost conversation about your child’s artwork is asking them, “Did you enjoy making it?” or, “Go on, tell me how did you do it?”
And, here are 3 easy to follow craft ideas you can do with your kids:
Idea #1: Cotton Ball Snowman
- Make three circles to outline your snowman.
- Pour glue into each circle completely
- Stick cotton balls in those circles to make your snowman
- Be creative and make a face for your snowman and accessorize with gloves, goggles, hat, etc.
Idea #2: Snowflakes
- Trace a circle on a paper
- Cut the circle
- Fold the circle in half, 3 times
- From the edges, draw shapes using a pencil
- Cut along the designs using scissors
- Open your circle slowly
Idea #3: Holiday Inspired Cards
- Cut a piece of construction paper into a rectangular shape (10 inches by 6 inches, for example).
- Write your message on the paper and make your child trace over it.
- Using gum, stick a picture of your child.
- Include holiday inspired stencils, then, ask your child to trace on the card.
- Use a lot of different materials: paint, markers, glitter, colored glue, magazines, scrap paper, buttons, etc.
As you can imagine, all little ones love sticking their things – from cards to snowflakes – on their walls and ceilings. And, they’ll also absolutely adore you if you can add their names to labels.
Here’s the good news: you can personalise their creations quickly and easily by using sewing labels or personalised stickers (https://wunderlabel.co.uk/woven-labels/bespoke-with-own-logo ).
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post