If you are on the lookout for new activities to engage your child, here is why you should consider arts and crafts.
By Ananya Subramanian
Be it making miniature statues from clay or colouring with crayons, folding papers expertly to make origami shapes or preparing a hand-made birthday card, there are numerous arts and craft activities that can spike your child’s interest and tap his artistic potential. By introducing your child to arts and crafts or encouraging him to take it up in school, you will sow the seeds for his physical, social and cognitive development. Here are the various benefits of these fun and exciting activities for a child.
Develops fine motor skills: As most arts and crafts activities involve moving the hands and fingers, they help in developing fine motor skills. Even simple actions like colouring with pencils or holding a paintbrush help to strengthen the muscles and improve their control.
Increases dexterity: Arts and crafts can increase the agility and dexterity of a child. With practice, and improvement of fine motor skills, his manual dexterity, speed and artistic skills will also increase.
Improves hand-eye coordination: Engaging in arts and crafts-related activities from a very young age leads to tremendous improvement in hand-eye coordination. This will help a child during the later primary-school years when she is forming letters or spacing out words.
Encourages self-expression: Engaging in a creative pursuit like arts and crafts gives a child the opportunity to express his feelings in a meaningful, tangible and positive way. He also derives satisfaction from making something on his own.
Helps in socializing: Being together with other children in an arts class gives a child the opportunity to interact and socialize with those sharing similar interests. And when parents show an interest in doing the activity with their child, it strengthens the parent–child bond as well.
Boosts self-esteem: Arts and crafts-related activities instill a sense of pride and achievement in a child, which helps in boosting his self-esteem.
Enhances innovation and creative ability: The opportunity to create whatever a child wants to encourages innovation. And the ability to think and solve problems she might face while making something enhances creativity.
Sharpens decision-making skills: Facing and solving artistic challenges will help a child learn to make effective and correct decisions. This helps to develop a problem-solving attitude, which will also help him in other endeavours of his life.
Improves visual-learning and memory: Through arts and crafts, a child not only learns about new shapes and colours, but also becomes aware of different patterns and figures. Activities such as jewelry making or sculpting even requires visualising and memorising complex designs in the mind.
The various benefits of arts and crafts also extend to the development of cultural awareness and improved academic performance as well. When so many benefits are packaged in arts and crafts, and that too with fun and excitement, why not allow your child to engage in it?
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