Helping Your Child Grow Through Arts and Crafts.
Can you remember arts and crafts time as a kid? It was a thrill when the teacher would bring out colorful bins filled with markers and crayons. Probably the most fun though was when a visiting artist would come to the classroom and teach us how to make something new with materials we hadn’t used before.
I can remember one such visitor to my third grade classroom. She taught has how to make fish using special organic paper made from dryer lint. We used water colors for the background, and every one of us that day was super excited about the project, even for those of us who would never identify ourselves as good artists.
It can be hard getting kids excited about art, especially if they don’t think they’re any good at it. Being self-conscious about arts and crafts starts at an early age, too, and if they don’t think they’re talented, they’ll avoid the arts.
We want our children to happily create drawings, paintings and Play-Doh sculptures. We can encourage them to hone their skills (and help them to be more confident) by introducing them to craft kits.
Arts and crafts helps our children develop fine motor coordination, neural connections and supports their creative endeavors. Seeing a project through from start to finish will boost their self-esteem too, and isn’t that what every parent wants, their child to have a healthy level of self-esteem?
Paint by Numbers Kit
Every summer when my sister and I would visit our grandmother, she would have a brand-new paint by numbers kit ready for us. The thing about the kit was that we didn’t have to be any good at painting. Like a coloring book, the kit comes with an outlined scene on a small canvas or thick, paint-friendly paper, equipped with paintbrush and paints. Inside the lined printed scene were numbers, with each number assigned a color.
All we had to do was read the directions, which went something like this:
You would then paint the portions of the scene with the corresponding colors. After an hour or so (time varies depending on the detail of the painting) you had a finished masterpiece. It felt good to accomplish something, and the fact that it looked good, too, only made it all the more fun. This craft kit for the kids helps with dexterity and reading comprehension. Not only that, it gives your kid the chance to hang their creations on the wall of their bedroom!
Scale Model Kits
Painting and drawing isn’t for every kid, and these aren’t the only things you can do to help support your child’s creativity. Scale model kits help your child in their skill development, including sculpting, gluing and painting.
If a scale model kit seems a little extreme for a six-year-old, don’t worry, they are available for different skill levels, but should be worked on together by child and parent. Building a scale model together is an excellent way to share an interest with each other and it helps tighten your bond.
You and your child won’t just be building something either, the kits come with a historical summary about the origin of the model, educating you as you work to decide if the wing of the plane should be red or black.
Is your child into planes or cars? Maybe you’re both huge Star Wars fans—have you thought about building your own Millennium Falcon?
Weaving Loom Kit
We want our kids to find something their passionate about and to go for it full force. Do you think you might have a little designer on your hands? A weaving loom kit will help your child to explore texture and color as they create their own fantastic designs.
Like every designer, they’ll have to start at square one, and a weaving loom kit will help them sharpen their fine motor skills and creative thinking. When your child builds something with their own hands they will feel proud of their work and they’ll want to continue stretching that creative muscle. Your child can start by making dish rags and climb to tapestries. Won’t they be proud when they see Dad using the rag as he washes dishes or when their big sister hangs the tapestry in her room?
Help your child find the fun in arts and crafts projects, they deserve it.
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It’s always great to sit down with your children and use your imagination to create wonderful art works. Not only do you get to spend time together, but you are helping them grow in many of the other ways you shared.
I remember when I was a child, I loved those paint by numbers coloring books. They were awesome! Now, children have all kinds of arts/crafts materials and sets to teach them to make stuff as they imagine it. I will share this post with my sister. Her daughter is so much into arts and crafts. These activities will keep her daughter busy during the summer.
I love paint by numbers. My son was really into arts and crafts when he was little. I have many friends with little ones and can’t wait to share these ideas!
This is so great! My kiddies have always loved being creative with arts and crafts. It’s a great outlet for their imaginations!
Even though I, myself and not very crafty, I have always tried my best to do arts and crafts with my girls. They sure loved them when they were young. I think it’s a great way to bond with your kids.
This is very important for a child’s development. Arts and crafts is needed. I so can’t wait to do this with my daughter once she is a little bit older. Hopefully she will be very creative 🙂
Those are so cute!!! My kids are older now, but they always loved DIY arts & Crafts. You can so many things with those little paper rollers.
I’m a homeschool mom, so I am always trying to come up with crafts for my kids to do. I just bought a weaving loom for my daughter. Love the pics of toilet paper roll cars!
My son loves cars and crafts. This really looks like a lot of fun. The perfect way to spend a rainy day indoors.
My kids love arts and crafts – we do them together a lot of the time. My oldest son will do model kits with my husband, but also loves loom crafts as well. We recently started making those loom bracelets together. His friends request different colors and styles now and loves the challenge!
My kids love doing arts and crafts too! It is so much fun watching them make their creations. My kids enjoy making those loom bracelets also!