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Why and Where to do Arts and Crafts with Kids?

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 5 Apr 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
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Doing crafts with kids can be great fun. There are a whole range of arts and crafts that are suitable for children both young and old and these can be a lovely thing for families to do together or for children to do on their own.

The Benefits of Crafts for Kids

Arts and crafts for children isn't just about creating and having fun – there are some important educational benefits too. Many kids' crafts help youngsters develop their coordination skills, learn to follow instructions as well as helping with maths. Even the most simple of crafts can help to develop some or all of these skills. Crafts are also ideal for creative play and are a perfect way to help youngsters develop and explore their imagination. Some kids' crafts, such as painting and drawing, are an ideal way to help a youngster communicate ideas.

On a more informal level, kids' crafts are a fun family activity. There are many Christmas and birthday party decorations that are simple to make and these not only are a good way to occupy youngsters during the exciting build up, they can also produce lovely one-of-a-kind decorations that could also make great gifts for grandparents.

Parents and carers do not need any special skills to undertake crafts with children, in fact it could be argued that it is fun to learn together. Many kids' crafts require very little in the way of experience or expertise. The main things that are required to do crafts with kids is a lot of patience and a great sense of humour!

Where to do Kids' Arts and Crafts?

Many kids' crafts require little more than a well protected table top. Both adults and children find that craft activities are easier to do in good light, therefore a table by a window would be ideal. Very messy or wet crafts may also be better done over a solid floor that can easily be wiped down. Some crafts are ideal for doing outside and these are perfect for summer activities.

In addition to doing kids' crafts in the home, there are many other places that offer an exciting program of arts and crafts that are suitable for children of all ages. This includes activities that are run by local churches and youth groups through to kids' crafts programs that are provided commercially. These include craft shops that often run craft events for children, particularly during the holidays.

Finding Kids Arts and Craft ActivitiesOrganised craft activities for children can be a useful compromise. These are perfect for when parents and carers don't have the time to spend doing arts and crafts. This is also a good way of discovering crafts that require a little more in the way of specialist equipment or materials. Pottery or ceramic painting, for instance, are fun kids crafts, however most homes do not have the necessary equipment to make this a feasible activity.

Kids crafts are fun and rewarding - and may even build the foundations of a long lasting skill or future career.

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