Art is much more than a fun way to pass the time and create sweet mementos of your child’s infant years. It can give children a great start in life, helping them to develop useful skills that will see them happy and comfortable by the time they reach school age. Here are the top 6 benefits of arts and crafts for your child.
Motor skills are encouraged by the finer details of art projects. From using scissors and pencils to colouring inside the lines and arranging patterns, children improve their dexterity and hand-eye coordination by exploring such activities.
Confidence is built through artwork. Art being such a subjective topic, there is no right or wrong way to do it, and children learn to take pride and confidence in their works by being encouraged to get creative and expand their ideas.
Creativity is a skill that extends beyond art in later years. Professions from engineering and design to teaching and business management can benefit hugely from creative skills, and instilling them early will give children a good range of abilities to develop and use in later life.
Social interaction is learned from group projects, and community ‘messy’ sessions are a nice way for children to become comfortable around others without the presence of their parents. When they work together on crafts, they begin to learn how to appropriately behave in such collaborative situations, which is hugely beneficial later on, in school and work.
Parental relationships are strengthened when adults do craft projects with their children. Children will enjoy sharing their ideas and creations with their parents, while adults get fresh insight into the tastes, interests and ways of expressing their emotions. It can be a very eye-opening experience to share as a family.
By Charlotte Baldwin, Operations Manager at IQ Cards:
IQ Cards are a fundraising company that provide schools and establishments with the necessary tools to fundraise via selling high-quality and unique gifts designed by pupils. For more information please visit: http://www.iqcards.co.uk/