We all want to keep our kids entertained when they’re at home. If you don’t give them something to do, the complaints of boredom alone will drive you wild. Not to mention that it isn’t fair to lock on them. Their young minds need constant engagement with the world. It’s how they learn, and it’s something you should encourage rather than scupper. Take them for walks and teach them about the sights and wildlife you see. Take them for days out to museums or activity centres which are sure to enrich their minds and stick with them. Whatever you do, don’t ignore them when they tell you they’re bored!
Of course, this is all well and good when the weather’s nice and you have the time to dedicate to full days out. Sometimes, though, you’re pushed for time, or it’s raining outside. These tend to be the periods where we let our kids slip into boredom the most. But, that needn’t be the case. By keeping a few wet day crafting activities to hand, you ensure that the fun and lessons keep on coming. This is ideal for keeping everyone happy. Even better, it can teach our kiddies some unexpected lessons along the way. Whether you set them to making birthday cards or clay models, they stand to learn the following without even setting foot outside the house.
Creative thinking is, by far, the most apparent learning benefit of regular crafting with your kids. You don’t need us to tell you that children have some of the most creative minds going. As such, you may assume that they don’t need to learn any lessons in this area, but you would be wrong. Bear in mind that many kids stop creating as they grow older. That’s a real shame, and it’s something you could prevent with regular craft activities. These can harness those creative tendencies. They can also provide a basis on which your children can carry them forward. Craft sessions also ensure your child learns how better to use their creative thinking more practically. Wild stories and invisible friends are all well and good, but they’re not long-lasting methods. Making cards and knitting, however, are. Once you get into a regular habit here, you’ll be amazed by what your kids can create from their imaginations. Make sure, too, to try out plenty of different crafts. That way, you increase the chances of hitting on one which suits your child’s creativity down to the ground. It’s activities like those which they may end up pursuing as a career one day.
Focus & Patience
Neither focus nor patience is words we typically associate with young children. In fact, these are two skills most kids lack until they’re well into their twenties. And, it can be frustrating. Young kids struggle even to sit through a film. They certainly don’t have the patience to focus on something for an extended period. Until you bring crafts into the fold, that is. Focus in itself is part and parcel of any crafting activity. If your kids don’t develop this skill, they’ll never be able to make anything half decent. And, for children, that can seem like a fate worse than death. As such, you may find that even the most easily distracted child sits still for hours. Patience, too, is an inevitable part of most activities. Your children will have no choice but to wait for their paint or glue to dry before they can move onto the next step. Even with baking, they’ll need to wait until the cooking time is over before getting decent results. Impatience may lead to a few early disasters, but crafts of all kinds will soon show them the benefits of waiting.
How To Ask For Help
Kids aren’t always the best at asking for help. Most of the time, they prefer to think that they know it all, or that they don’t need adults in the slightest. While crafting, though, there will be times when they have no choice but to ask for your help. It may be that they need two pairs of hands to achieve what they’re attempting. There are also pieces of crafting gear, like these TEC glue guns, which simply wouldn’t be safe for them to use. As such, they’ll need to ask you to assist them at times when such tools become necessary. Of course, this won’t be an instant transformation. You may still see your children struggling alone rather than reaching out and asking. You may even find that they try to boss you around instead of asking outright. But, by sticking to your guns and only providing help after they say the magic p-word, you can provide an invaluable and lasting lesson.
Many crafts can also teach a fair amount about problem-solving. Let’s say that you’re doing paper crafts for the afternoon. Your child has an idea which they’re excited about. The trouble is that they have no real clue of how to ensure it comes together. They may sit staring at blank sheets of paper for a long time. They might even lose their patience and have a tantrum. Eventually, though, once all those tricks fail, they’ll need to solve the problem of how to make their idea a reality. They may need to try things out to see if they work. They may even need to use some smart thinking to develop entirely new methods. And, in some cases, all this effort will go to waste because their plan doesn’t work. It’s not a problem, because this whole process is about problem-solving. It’s causing your child to look for solutions, instead of expecting someone else to make things happen. This is a skill which kids don’t come across often enough, and it could significantly enhance their lives.
If you haven’t already, then, it’s past time you started to stock a crafting cupboard. It’s the only way to getting crafty with the lessons you teach your young ones.
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