Arts and crafts are a great way to spend time together as a family. There is something special about the relationship between a child and a parent working together over a simple art project. It shows a remarkable depth of connection between people of all ages and it is also fun for those children involved in the activity itself. You can use arts and crafts as a teaching tool in your school or preschool. Here are some things you can do to help your children develop valuable skills while enjoying the process.
Children learn a lot by seeing and doing things, so plan an activity that allows them both to see and do their work. Art supplies are easy to find. You may already have everything you need. You can make a poster for the back of your door that says Mommy and Daddy are coming, and hang balloons to line the walkway or the window with bright colors to let children see what they are painting.
Use a tablecloth or other fabric to frame pictures or clay sculptures you will be using. Use markers and crayons to draw or paint the picture. Children will love being able to look at their work and touch it, even if they have to hold it to their chest to do so. It also gives them a sense of accomplishment when they put their work aside to finish another piece. If you are a crafter, then you can make table decorations or simple collages with items you have lying around the house or store bought items. Your child will enjoy helping you make one or two of these little projects, and will probably enjoy learning how to do something different than what they have seen other people do.
Have you ever noticed that children like to draw people and animals? If you have a cat or dog, you can make use of catnip strands to make them squint into shape. You can also use popsicle sticks to poke long colorful beads into the shapes of animals, enabling your children to make use of the animal’s natural scent to add to their fun.
One of the best things about making these crafts is that they can be used over again. If your child paints a picture, you can use that same paintbrush to color her next craft. If she draws, you can use that same paintbrush to draw her next picture. Kids love experimenting with new colors and textures, and you can encourage this by allowing them to complete the arts and crafts. After all, who knows, maybe one day they may end up as an artist.
Arts and crafts are always a great family activity. They are easy to do, and often you will not need any special toys to make them a success. Your children can be as creative as they want to, and you can help them learn while having some fun at the same time. Remember, taking the time to create can have lifelong consequences. When you support your children in pursuing their arts and crafts, you are helping them to discover their inner selves and become wonderful members of the community.