Leap's Crafty Saturdays - Drop in Activity
Leap’s Crafty Saturdays - Drop in activity
Kids and crafting go hand in hand. You want to encourage it, but – oh, the mess!! The supplies! The uncapped markers, broken crayons, the glitter? We jest a bit on this, but it does touch on reality as well. Crafting is more than just an activity to keep a child busy – see the benefits below.
Drop in every Saturday anytime between 11AM and 2PM for a new craft for your 3-6 year old. We will have a sample craft, help those that need it, and all the supplies needed to allow that creativity to flow! (And, of course, we will pick up the mess!). There is a $5.00 fee.
We do also sell crafting kits – the benefit of these is that they are self-contained, have all the supplies needed for that specific craft, and can be disposed of – when your child is done. These are a win-win for parent & child! Check out what we have here, or stop in the store!
Crafting has some amazing benefits, from a development perspective, there are no negatives to crafting, and it’s a great experience for children to help develop them to amazing adults.
Here are ten of the many benefits of crafting and staying creative.
- Planning Skills & Concentration
When creating crafts you need to decide on a plan and follow it through.
For example, if they are crafting an animal- the child has to pick an animal, how they want it to look, what supplies they will need and how they will put it all together to create their vision.
This benefit of crafting teaches them to problem solve, and plan.
It also instills the idea of having a goal or vision and planning what they need to achieve that goal or vision.
They will also gain confidence in themselves after seeing that their plan came together beautifully. (Or, allow them to learn from their mistakes – if it doesn’t come out as they wanted it to)
- Fine Motor Skill & Dexterity Development
A lot of crafts involve a variety of different aspects: from cutting, gluing, and manipulating items.
This benefit of crafting helps children to develop their dexterity and motor skills.
Cutting out their own things (keep in mind their age and safety) will help them develop their fine motor skills.
Bending and twisting things, like pipe cleaners, will develop those fine motor skills and make it fun too!
- Learning With Different Learning Styles
There are three main learning styles:
Teach them through auditory learning by reciting the instructions to them verbally. This will allow them to hear and understand how to create the craft.
Visually you can show them step by step pictures of the craft. This will allow them to learn the craft visually as well.
And, lastly, to physically teach them: show them with your hands and allow them to try – guide them through the steps.
With crafting you will help children to learn through all of these styles. This will help make schooling easier and learning easier.
Keep in mind, there are benefits from ‘free thought’ as well. Crafts are often very instructional – “do these steps & you will have this final result”. Crafts should also introduce a ‘creative’ side in allowing the child to put their own self into the project.
- Provides An Outlet For Emotions
Being creative with your children allows them to express themselves through art.
When creating projects, allow for some areas where the children get to decide what type to make or how to decorate something.
For example, if you are making an animal craft, allow your child to decide what animal to make and how they want it to look.
If they want a pink elephant, great!
It’s about showing them that self-expression of their emotions and feelings is positive.
This will help the children to understand that emotions are okay to share and release. When they have stressful events they will have an outlet to release emotions in crafts or art.
They will have a positive outlook on life because they won’t repress emotions or hide them.
- Make Decisions and Choices
This benefit of crafting gives children the ability to decide on what type of craft to make, how to go about making it, how to design it, etc.
It will give them confidence in making their own choices, and thinking about what choice to make.
To ensure that you are maximizing this benefit:
- have the children brainstorm what they want to create
- tell them to draw out a sketch or template
- get them to explain to you what they want to make, what they need and how they will make it
- Stimulates Neural Activity
Creativity and crafting gets those brain waves moving and keeps children mentally active, even if they aren’t being physically active. It is important to keep your brain stimulated. (Balance is the key between types of activities – Crafting, Physical Activity, Education, Play, etc)
Crafting is a great way to keep children exercising their brain through school breaks (without them realizing they are still learning).
- Associating a Positive Response to Learning
When crafting with children, be sure to always teach them something with each craft.
For example, If you are making a craft of an animal, teach them some facts about that animal.
This benefit of crafting will allow them to associate crafting with learning, and in turn learning with fun. This will help with schooling and make the kids excited about learning, even when not crafting.
The children get to see that all their hard work made a great craft and they will be so proud to use it.
- Bonding Between Children (in classroom) Or With Parents/Siblings (at home)
Working with your children on crafts will enhance bonding between the child and parent.
It allows you to work together with them to create something fun and beautiful.
You don’t have to physically do the craft with your child to participate – ask them questions, discuss the project, relate a personal story of yours to the craft. This is a great bonding experience.
This is also helpful within the classroom, or with siblings.
Create this bonding atmosphere by having them help each other, show each other their crafts, give each other ideas, etc.
- Confidence And Self Expression
Children will learn that it is fun to express their creativity and feelings. They will:
- become confident in their decision-making abilities (and learn from mistakes in a controlled environment)
- want to show off their crafts, and be proud of them
- be excited to see what they can create all on their own
This is a great way to build their self-esteem, as well as allow them to express their emotions.
It gives them a way to let off steam if they are upset, or put their energy into the decorating.
- Provide Multicultural Understanding
Creating crafts from a variety of cultures is a great way to teach your children about other cultures and traditions. It is a fun way to show that all cultures are equal and fun to learn about. (For example, Native American Dream Catchers)
This will give them an understanding of a variety of different people and make them more accepting of everyone.
Bullying can come from a lack of understanding of things that are different – actively participating in crafts from other cultures will allow them to experience a bit of those differences.
If children are aware of other cultures, they will be more understanding of children in school that have different beliefs and rituals.
If there are children with specific eating rituals, or clothing that is different, your children will be accepting of it and may already know why they eat certain ways or why they dress that way. It becomes “normal” to them and they see no need to point it out or bully.
No one is seen as different because of this benefit of crafting
Why not promote crafting with your kids? These are just a few of the benefits. Even just one of the benefits of crafting is a great personal growth experience for your children.
Some of these benefits apply to adults too, so you would benefit as well from crafting with your children.
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