Young children need and love the opportunity to explore and experiment every day, and craft activities allow them to do this perfectly. These activities can provide endless hours of fun for children of all ages, and they are also great for teaching them some very important life skills, whilst developing socially and emotionally too. Some of those key skills are below as well as the ways in which you can make them fun:
Learn Key Maths Skills
Mathematical skills are required for working with various materials and techniques in life, and it is important that your child learns the basics early on. There are numerous ways in which you can teach your child valuable math skills, but in a fun way. Many of these can also be used as a lesson without the child even knowing it. Making a clock is a great example as they can also learn how to tell the time when it has been created. Other good examples include colouring in numbers and making shapes with materials from Craft Superstore.
Develop Motor Skills
Craft activities are great for a child’s motor skill development; they help to improve the muscles in the fingers and hands, strengthen hand grip, and develop wrist movement. Improving these things will better prepare your child for school when it is likely they will have to hold a pen or pencil for long periods of time, and learn to write with strong and controlled muscles. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, some activities that can help fine motor skills include play-dough, finger painting, beading and playing string games.
Gain Problem Solving Skills
Whilst experimenting with arts and crafts, a child will develop their problem solving skills.
A child will learn what works and what doesn’t work, and in time they will learn how to put it right and when not to do something again. There is also a great deal of thinking and concentration required when crafting, and decision making is constant when assembling and decorating projects.
Imagination and Self Expression
When kids participate in arts and crafts, they use their imagination and practice creativity. The activities encourage children to create their own form of entertainment and making something on their own will also fulfill them with confidence in their abilities to do it again in the future. Although the finished project may appear to be a mess, the child has been able to express themselves bold using colour.
Getting children involved with craft activities also allows them to understand basic scientific processes like gluing, paint drying in action and how magnets work.
Learn by Doing
According to Early Childhood News, children retain what they learn much better when hands-on activities go along with that learning. Research has also shown that people learn 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, 50% of what they hear and read, 70% of what they say and 90% of what they do!
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