Arts and crafts activities are one of the best ways to keep your children entertained. But rather than leave them to it, why not get involved with them.
Arts and crafts activities provide enjoyment and a learning experience for your children and for you as well. There are many crafts that you can do along with your children irrespective of their ages. It does not matter how old your kids are, they can still enjoy arts and crafts. By developing art and crafts skills, they could discover new natural abilities that they then take further through their studies. This could also have a life-changing impact and could affect their career.
The main benefit of being involved in craft-making along with your children is, apart from the obvious fact that everybody is having fun, your children and you are learning. You will learn to use your imagination, think through problems, make best use of the items you have available and improvise.
Many children will prefer to sit in front of the television or a computer these days, but with a bit of persuasion, they will soon discover that arts and crafts are a great way of spending time. The key is preparation. Although you don't need to buy too many arts and craft materials, a few essentials will help spark your children's interest. Even just a few felt shapes, pva glue and a piece of card can be used to create fantastic artwork. But using a simple kit such as a Build a Pom Pom Panda kit will give you a better way to introduce the concept of arts and crafts. It's always easier to convince a child to create a panda from a kit rather than just give them some shapes, but once they start their imagination will take over and even the simplest materials will create fantastic artwork.
Arts and Crafts activities are a great way of bonding with your children. While they are concentrating on the creative process, they are likely to be much more chatty. They will share things with you that you would never learn from just watching TV with them.
While the summer holidays are over in the United Kingdom for this year, Christmas will arrive soon, so for this reason, now this could be the perfect time to invest in arts and crafts for kids.
What to buy
• Glue for sticking
• Bumper packs of coloured paper and coloured card are ideal for creating great works of art.
• You can even buy blank cards and envelopes. These are useful for children to create their own cards.
• Colouring Pens allow your children to draw what they want first. Or you could get involved and draw a shape for them.
• Shapes - Whether they are made from felt, paper or card, shapes are very versatile and can be used to create many different things.
• Stickers - Children love stickers. From shapes to smiley faces to numbers there's something that all children will like. You can even get holographic stickers for that special artwork.
• Tissue paper - Children love scrunching up paper to create three dimensional art. Tissue paper is ideal.
• Paints and Brushes are a favourite with children but be careful about the mess!
• Save old newspaper - As well as using it in creating artworks, you can use it to protect surfaces and floors.
Getting your children started
Try to start with an idea of what they can do. A children's imagination is hard to get going, but once it kicks in then they will take over. A simple kit that they can create something from is better to start with than just random items. Alternatively, if you don't have a kit, give them an idea about what they could make, for example a pirate ship or a fairy wonderland. Once they have the idea they will create for hours. Have a look at our other articles for more ideas about this.
Don't forget that once they have created something, always praise them and make a fuss of them. If they think you like what they have created then they will create more.