Crafty Learning: Developmental Benefits of Craft Kits for Children

16
May
Posted by Scholar's Choice in General

Craft kits are a great activity to keep children busy, a great indoor activity on rainy or snowy days, a fun present for a birthday party AND they are fantastic for promoting child development in the following areas:

  1. Cognitive Skills
  2. Social Skills
  3. Motor Skills
  4. Visual Discrimination Skills

Cognitive Skills

  • Strategy and Problem Solving - Children engage and strengthen their cognitive skills as they prepare to do their craft kit. What colours will they colour their project? What additional materials will they need to complete the craft? How much time will the craft take? By working through these questions, the child develops his/her strategy and problem-solving skills.
  • Basic mathematical concepts - Counting, patterning, and measurement are just some of the math concepts that can be strengthened with craft kits. Encouraging children to think about functional math problems in relation to the craft they are doing is a fun and engaging way to improve skills.

Social Skills

  • Sharing - If crafting is done as a group activity, rather than an individual project, they can promote sharing skills.
  • The basics of communication, cooperation, and collaboration - Challenge children to explain what they are doing or how they made their craft to strengthen their communication skills. Crafting is also a great way to encourage inclusion and working together.
  • Encourages language development
  • Self-expression - Crafting allows for a degree of self-expression or individualism. Especially if crafting is done in a group, it can encourage children about diversity and individualism.
Unicorn peel and stick mosaic craft kit

Motor Skills

  • Grasping - Various sized craft pieces promote different grasps, encouraging a grasp similar to how children hold a pencil or a pinching grasp that strengthens smaller muscles in their hands.
  • Manipulation - Many components of crafting increase strength and coordination in the small hand and finger muscles. For example, picking a Sticky Mosaic tile up and then manipulating it in one's hand until it is pinched between the thumb and forefinger involves translation, shift and rotation movements of within the hand.
  • Hand-eye coordination - Threading, painting, gluing- there are a few crafting actions that require a child's hands and eyes to work together.

Visual Perception Skills

  • Visual Discrimination, Scanning and Memory

If you're interested in promoting these skills in your child's development you can shop our craft kits online. If you have any questions about craft kits just ask us! We're here to help!

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