Children love to take part in arts and crafts and it’s important they do this both at school and at home. Crafting is one of the most beneficial ways for children to learn and develop. It can prepare them for academic success and support cognitive, physical and social development, with the chance to express themselves creatively.
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To use materials, children have to use their motor skills. As they colour, paint, glue and cut their motor skills develop. This improves their coordination as they learn to use both hands at the same time. These skills are critical for skills needed such as writing and tying shoelaces.
As children make projects they are faced with decisions to make, whether that be what colour paint to use or what to draw. They will learn by solving these challenges as independence is fostered. This in turn improves critical thinking and analysis skills.
Making creates the perfect opportunity to encourage children to speak, read and listen. By discussing what they have made, reading instructions or listening to what to do, this improves their language and communication skills.
By completing projects, children will feel a sense of achievement and pride. Crafting is a great way to discover that making mistakes is okay and they can be learnt from. It builds confidence and provides a chance for children to experiment. By creating artwork children can also express their feelings and thoughts, this may be something they find difficult with words.
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