We all know that kids enjoy arts and crafts projects. Really, what’s not to love? Making an art project or a craft combines several of a kid’s favorite things: creativity, using their hands, and having the chance to get messy! As much as kids love to do arts and crafts in school, day care, and other structured environments, there’s something extra-special that happens when moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, or brothers and sisters roll up their sleeves and join in the fun. Besides being a fun way to spend a rainy Sunday, crafting can unlock all kinds of wonderful benefits for your kids that you- and they- may not even realize! Here are some of the best things about collaborative arts and crafts for kids of all ages.
As your child develops, her fine motor skills improve, allowing her to become more dexterous and nimble as she uses her fingers and hands to do more and more things independently. By providing frequent opportunities for arts and crafts, you are giving her the opportunity to hone these important fine-motor skills, which will enable her to perform tasks such as cutting with scissors, holding a pencil or crayon, and tying her shoes down the road.
Children are highly visual little creatures: everything they see, hear, touch, and taste throughout the day helps them to absorb more information about the world they live in, and also helps them to identify themselves and develop the wonderful personality traits that make them unique. Art gives kids a chance to express their thoughts and feelings using a visual medium. By providing your children with a safe environment to explore their emotions through arts and crafts, you are igniting the creative spark that will help to define them through the years.
One of the best things about art is that the possibilities are limitless! There are no wrong answers when it comes to making art- it’s all about creating something from your imagination and using your mind and your instincts to decide how the final project will look. When your kids sit down for arts and crafts, they’re building their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. By giving them a safe space to experiment with the use of different colors, shapes, and materials, you’re allowing your kids to figure things out for themselves, which will help make them more confident in their decision-making abilities in other aspects of life.
At Neighborhood Art Studio, we encourage young artists in and around Northeast Denver and Stapleton to come and ignite their creative spark in a safe, supportive environment. Founded by a mom, Neighborhood Art Studio understands what matters most when it comes to making art- having fun! Your children can play with a variety of textures, shapes, and colors using upcycled materials to create whatever they dream up! Call today to ask about our available art clubs and classes for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.