Who doesn’t love doing a good craft? These little DIYs are so special, they’re so fun. Usually, parents (and teachers) will get the kids to do crafts, but why not join in on the fun? Crafting isn’t just a delightful pastime for kids; it’s an activity that offers a multitude of benefits for parents as well. Beyond the fun and creativity, crafting with your children can bring a range of advantages to your life. Seriously, there are benefits to doing this, even as a parent. But what are some of the benefits that you can expect from all of this? Well, keep reading on to find out!
It’s All About the Quality Bonding Time
Honestly, crafts don’t need to be hard at all; sometimes, it can be as simple as finger painting, pumpkin carving during Halloween, or even just easy Circut crafts as well. In general, when it comes to bonding, nothing needs to be challenging. In our busy lives, it can be challenging to find moments for connection, but crafting offers a shared experience that fosters closeness and memorable interactions. Sure, you can find other ways to bond with your child, such as exercising, trips, shopping, dinner, and so on, but getting to stay home and do something really simple like this can be so special, too.
You’re Enhancing Communication with Your Child
It’s not just chit-chatting, but it’s explaining directions, it’s talking about ideas, and so on. As you work on a craft project together, you’ll engage in conversations about the materials, colors, and techniques you’re using. This open communication helps parents and children connect on a deeper level and share their thoughts and ideas. Overall, it’s a fun project, and this collaboration between you both can spark a new way to communicate.
You Can Count on it Being Stress Relieving
It’s probably not stress relieving for children, but crafts can have the ability to be stress relieving for the parents though. In a way, it’s almost therapeutic if you think about it. When you’re focused on a creative project, you can temporarily forget about the stresses of daily life, promoting relaxation and mindfulness.
You’re Setting a Positive Example
Kids are more likely to engage in creative activities when they see their parents doing the same, which can foster a lifelong love for art and creativity. Kids will imitate what their parents do, so if you’re doing crafts and you love doing crafts, then you can absolutely expect them to easily pick up crafts and do it themselves. Plus, you’re opening up hobbies and other opportunities to them in general.
It’s a Confidence Booster
Usually, if kids do anything creative, their confidence will start to boost, but it’s basically similar for parents, too. Just like your child, you’re seeing how successful you are, so your confidence will boost. But of course, if you’re doing crafts with kids, theirs is going to boost too. When parents offer praise and support during crafting, it helps children feel confident in their abilities. They’re constantly getting praise from you, and who wouldn’t love that?
You’re Learning Together
Depending on the craft itself, both of you can have the chance to learn. When it comes to kids’ crafts, it doesn’t always need to be as simplistic as finger painting or handprints. If you wanted, you could go the extra mile, such as making clothes or designs. If you really wanted to, you and your kids could upcycle some old clothes by adding embroidery to them and even adding sulky to it so neither of you feel that itchy sensation embroidered clothes have. In general, it doesn’t matter what type of craft you do, but what really matters is doing something you both find fun that you can learn from. Learning together is one of the best forms of bonding.
Both Of You Are Building Problem-Solving Skills
In general, it can definitely be agreed that craft projects often involve overcoming challenges and finding creative solutions. Parents can model problem-solving skills for their children by working together to resolve issues that may arise during crafting. Usually, for the parent, the problem-solving itself is easy, so it’s more about you helping your child strengthen their problem-solving skills. It’s something every child needs anyway.
You’re Creating Lasting Memories Together
One of the very best things about craft projects is often the result in tangible keepsakes that hold sentimental value. These items become cherished mementos of time spent together, evoking fond memories in the years to come. Plus, there are the sweet memories of doing them together with your little one, too! There’s always something so precious about getting to sit and create something with your child, and it’s still just as special if you’re doing it through crafts. These can be used or even put on display, such as on the fridge or even framed.
Promoting Individuality for Your Child
This one is usually a bit more challenging for parents to teach. You’re an individual, but with kids, they’re more impressionable and usually want to fit in rather than stand out. Crafts, in a way, can be seen as a way to get them to show off their individuality, kinda of like when kids color outside the lines.
Parents who support and encourage this self-expression foster a sense of autonomy and independence in their children. Besides, crafting is really just another artistic form of expression, so you’ll be at least helping them be pushed into knowing and understanding that they’re an individual and that they have their own tastes.
It’s Screen-Free Time
So, there are some negatives when it comes to screen time for children. One of the biggest is lack of sleep, but there are plenty of others too. Kids still need to be able to have activities that don’t involve screens, like crafting, and parents need to do activities with their kids that don’t involve screens either, and what better way than with crafting? It’s a chance to unplug, focus on the present moment, and engage in a hands-on activity that promotes mindfulness.