Most children love arts and crafts. Getting messy, being creative and splashing the world with colour… What’s not to love? Being artistic also has many benefits for a child; teaching them to be innovative, calm and to use tools in different ways. However, some children might be nervous around arts and crafts, especially if they feel like they aren’t naturally good at it. When their friends at school are making amazing things, they might feel inferior, which is completely the opposite of what art is all about. So, how can you get your children into arts and crafts?
Traditionally, arts and crafts is about using your hands and finding inspiration from anything. One of the most fun things can be flicking through newspapers and magazines to find a picture of what you want for a collage or card. However, now that technology has evolved, we can get what we want almost instantly, by printing pictures out from a computer. You can even get remanufactured ink cartridges now which are cheaper and better for the environment. So, if your child is struggling with arts and crafts, show them how they can use technology in exciting ways to be creative.
Themes and Gifts
Sometimes kids need a bit of inspiration when getting involved in arts and crafts. If you tell them to make anything they want, they might be overwhelmed or unsure where to start. However, if you encourage your children to make cards or gifts revolving around a festive celebration like Christmas or Easter, they might have a better idea of what they want to make. They will also feel motivated to make something they’re proud of because it’s for someone they love.
One of the greatest things about arts and crafts is that it can either be solitary or collaborative, depending on what your child enjoys. Whilst your child may be daunted by their best friend who’s super talented with the crayons, if you get them to work together then it can become fun and less competitive. Another great thing about arts and crafts is that it’s something that you can do with your child. By sitting down with them, showing them how to make things and working together, you will bond with your child and they’ll instinctively love arts and crafts because of the connection you’ve shared.
Engage in their interests
There are many possibilities with arts and crafts, and so many different things that your child could make. If you want them to explore their artistic side, think about what their interests are. For example, if they love drama and putting on plays, show them how to make sock puppets that they can then use in a puppet show. Alternatively, if your child is into sport, encourage them to make a mini football pitch or a game of table football that they can play with their friends. Being artistic involves tapping into your interests and making something that you want to make; and this is something that you should convey to your child.