The scent of Elmer’s Glue and the eye-popping colors of a 100 box of Crayola Crayons are the quintessential childhood items you will find in a preschool or kindergarten class and are insanely cheap at the local store or dollar value store. They will also serve a multitude of crafting, artistic, and creative purposes.
Children and crafts go hand in hand. After homework is done and put away and the boredom of the evening starts to set in, crafts are a good way to keep your child entertained without turning to television, the computer or video games. Crafts can help a child learn whether it be learning colors and shapes from a very young age to helping with math problems or historical events.
Holidays (Federal and Religious) are a great way to learn traditions, stories, and history. For example: Imbolic is upon us for the Pagan followers, ways to honor the Goddess Brighid and welcome the transition of winter into spring into a home, is a way to pass down your traditions down in a fun way. Valentine’s Day is another good way to have children make homemade valentines for their classmate while maybe learning a few of the legends and stories behind the day.
Many parents cringe at the thought of their walls and tabletops getting a fresh coat of color every three hours and they tend to stray away from letting children have any art supplies at all. In order to prevent the dreaded but nonetheless adorable drawings, always supervise the children and lock or hid away all of the supplies away when done. This gives the parent an ability to set a time range for the children to have fun and to keep the headaches of painting walls every other week.
Crafts are one of the best playtimes to come to children. It gives a child to develop educational skills, a creative outlet that won’t cause negative effects (unlike television and computers), and it’s a way parents can bond with children.