Experts say crafting activities, such as needle felting, play a central role in child- development as through these types of activities, children are continually building on skills and approaches that will assist them in later life.
Below you’ll find just five of the many reasons you should introduce your kids to needle
1. Helps to Improve Focus and Commitment.
In this modern age, whether it be a T.V, tablet, or mobile phone, children are often glued to some form of screen. While these digital devices can provide educational content, unlimited screen time can be damaging to a child’s ability to
Replacing screen-time with creative activities can help to develop a level of focus and discipline that will serve your child for years to come.
Crafting also does wonders in teaching children the power of commitment. By discovering the importance of commitment in the early stages of life, we are better able to discipline ourselves to complete more significant tasks as adults. Crafting hobbies allow you to encourage your child to see a project through to the end whether they are happy with it or not – every project is a work of art after all!
2. Enhanced Problem-Solving.
Involvement in an artistic activity exposes a child to a variety of artistic challenges and problems that they are unlikely to be faced with in other aspects of their life. These testing moments allow children to develop the ability to problem-solve, think on their feet, and come to their own conclusions.
3. Promotes Creativity.
The developing mind of a child needs a creative outlet. Crafting provides children an opportunity to tap into their imagination and express themselves creatively. Learning how to use our brains’ creative aspects early in life helps us in adulthood, where unfortunately, creative expression often takes a back seat.
4. An Opportunity to Bond.
Crafting with your children provides a great opportunity for bonding. It gives you a chance to detach from the chaos of everyday life and spend some quality time with your kids.
What’s even better is if you can make crafting a family event. Creative time gives the whole family a chance to unwind, forget the worries of the outside world, and reconnect with each other. While hands are busy crafting, you’ll often find that children freely open up to you, letting you in on any thoughts, worries, or feelings that they may be experiencing.
5. Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem.
Creating art is an excellent way for people of all ages to express themselves, especially children.
The opportunity to try out new ideas and trust their own judgments can help build a child’s confidence and self-belief while a successfully completed project can fill them with pride and achievement in themselves and their work.
Art and craft activities provide a safe place where young people can learn that it’s ok to make mistakes and can develop methods of dealing with getting things wrong.
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