Benefits of Craft Time for Children
by Joanne Troppello
As a child, I always enjoyed making crafts at school and at home with my mom. These days, I enjoy doing crafts with my two young nieces when I see them at family gatherings and on holidays. One time I had a busy week and wasn’t able to plan for a craft.
Both girls asked where my craft bag was that they had gotten used to seeing me bring. They were disappointed that we wouldn’t be doing a craft that day.
Ever since then, I always bring my craft bag with me – even if I don’t have an actual craft planned. There is a continual supply of construction paper, crayons, glitter, glue, and stickers so the girls have something to do even if I had no special craft planned.
Since I work from home as a freelance copywriter, I have been blessed to set my own hours.
That made it easy to go to my mom’s house when she was watching my nephews – who are older now. They remember our craft time and it created special memories for us.
Crafts may seem silly to some people.
However, they are an important part of child development.
Consider some of the following ways that participating in craft time can help the children in your life:
· Improves Academic Skills
· Cultivates Creativity
· Helps with Language Development
· Enhances Motor Skills
· Augments Critical Thinking
· Hones Decision Making Skills
There are a variety of places that you can find crafts that you can do with your kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews. The Craft Train is a great website that shares creative craft ideas and activities. You can download printables such their 14 ocean animals that can be turned into paper plates.
You can go to craft stores like Michaels, JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, and A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts for inexpensive craft ideas and products for your own DIY crafts.
These stores often send out coupons in circulars or ones that can be printed online which can help you stock up on craft ideas and supplies.
Liberty Ministries Thrift Store is a store near me that sells used items with all proceeds benefiting their Liberty Ministries at local prisons.
I have gotten some second-hand items for my craft bag there like crayons, markers, and construction paper. Check out any thrift stores local to your area to see if you can find any hidden craft treasures or supplies.
For those who are visual learners, you can check out some great channels on YouTube that share interesting and unique craft ideas.
One channel I have subscribed to is Craft Factory. Just do a search on YouTube for kid’s craft ideas, and you’ll discover a host of other channels to find great ideas.
Making a Paper Animal
DIY craft idea for making a paper elephant and paper snake for kids. This is a great craft idea that is simple to make. I had fun making both of these crafts with my nieces. I’ve included a few photos with them in my column for today.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel.
She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs.