Whether it be painting a pretty flower on a piece of butchers paper, creating a necklace with string, beads and pasta or cutting out colourful cardboard to create a mask, there are so many developmental gains your kids can develop through arts and crafts. That’s why it’s such an essential part of the day-to-day activities we provide here at McDowall Village Early Learning Centre.
So, what exactly do your kids get out of arts and crafts?
1. Creativity & Self Expression
Understanding who you are as a person and learning how to express that is a key developmental milestone for every child. For your child to really express themselves and make the most of their arts and crafts experience, leave them to their own devices. That way they can paint or create anything they dream up – putting their creative and imaginative thinking caps to work.
2. Problem Solving
It’s always a great idea to let your kids take the lead on what they want to create and how they want to create it. This helps spur on their problem-solving skills as they figure out how to achieve what they want to achieve. Just give them a range of creative tools and materials and let them run with it. If they ask for help, you can certainly do that, otherwise, leave them to their own devices, and you may be surprised to see what they can figure out and create on their own.
3. Coordination & Fine Motor Skills
When kids get crafty, they need to put both hands into the task and learn how to use instruments like paint brushes, scissors and colouring in pencils to complete what they’re setting out to achieve. They need to learn how to hold and use different objects and experiment with ways to use and apply the materials they have.
Getting crafty can involve many actions that help improve their fine motor skills greatly including picking things up, ripping, sprinkling, dabbing, wiping, tying, pressing, holding, cutting, writing and painting. All of these movements strengthen their fingers and improves their hand-eye coordination.
4. Following Instructions
Everyone needs to follow steps to complete tasks in life, but we all need to experience, learn and develop these skills as a child somehow. Fostering process-focused art is a great way to get your kids to learn how to follow instructions in a fun and exciting way. They can learn many valuable lessons such as the consequences of missing a step and trying to skip ahead. It also helps to improve their comprehension too. The act of understanding each step clearly and executing it correctly is no small feat for a young child, and when they complete every step correctly, you can bet they’ll feel pretty happy about what they’ve achieved.
5. Social Skills
When kids take part in arts and crafts with others, they learn a whole bunch of key skills that they will need in everyday life such as cooperation and sharing. They can use arts and crafts to help express their feelings with others while group art projects require them to communicate with each other. The more ways children talk and interact with each other, the more socially confident they’ll be in all types of social situations as they grow older.
Looking for a childcare centre that provides art and crafts programs? You’ll be happy to know our centre has a forever changing array of arts and crafts activities for the kids to do, keeping them entertained and their minds active while they learn throughout the day. Book a tour to see our childcare centre for yourself.