As adults, we enjoy doing handicrafts a lot. We feel relaxed when we create something. It also provides a sense of accomplishment each time we finish doing a project. However, not only adults can benefit from doing handicrafts. It is also great to train kids to do simple stuff. It is just like playing toys for them, but they learn a lot along the way.
To begin with, you don’t have to force your kids to make one. You can just ask them to try it out when you think they have nothing else to do. For instance, when you are supposed to go to the park and it rained, you can stay home and introduce handicrafts. Another perfect timing is when they are no longer happy with their toys and they want to try something else. This is when you can introduce handicrafts making in a natural way.
Advantage of handicrafts making for kids
The first advantage is that it can expand their abilities when it comes to multiple intelligences. To begin with, you have to understand the concept of multiple intelligences. This theory suggests that human beings are intelligent in many ways. Just because your child does not excel academically does not mean he is not intelligent anymore. It means that your child might excel in other ways. For instance, he can excel in sports or in music. If you add handicrafts making in the picture, then your child may be inclined to the arts, which is considered as visual or spatial intelligence. They can also be musically intelligent since they can finish something when listening to certain songs. Everything depends on how you introduce handicrafts to your kid and what environment you are trying to foster.
Another advantage is that your child develops higher level of thinking skills. You have to understand that playing with ordinary toys does not necessarily help them in increasing their mental capacity. It is just something that is fun to do. Unless the play with educational toys, then there is pretty much nothing that they can get from playing with ordinary toys. On the other hand, handicrafts making allows them to think more because they have to figure out what needs to be done. Before they can finish something, they have to think quickly first. They have to solve problems and follow patterns. This helps increase their brain capacity.
Another positive effect is that kids become more self-confident. Finishing something would mean that they have accomplished a task. It boosts their self-confidence. This makes them believe that they can do something they put their hearts to. If they get positive response from what they have done through praises and rewards, then it boosts their confidence even more. At an age where they are still discovering who they are and what their potentials could be, this is the perfect way for them to build self-esteem. When they go to school and they have the same achievement, then they become even more confident which is a good thing.
Aside from the individual benefits the entire process can give to your child, it is also helps in strengthening the bond between the two of you. Finishing a piece of handicraft takes time. During the process, your child will have some mistakes that you need to correct or questions that you need to address. You can also go shopping together for the materials needed. You can also research the steps in creating something together. The total amount of time you spend together will strengthen your bonding which is a good thing. When you grow older and you are no longer able to spend more time together, you can always look back at this moment and be proud that you have not wasted a moment with your child when he or she was younger.
In short, there are a lot of benefits that you can get from handicrafts making. You learn a lot as an adult and your kids learn too. Soon, you can join other parents and create something together. Instead of the usual play date, it can be made more meaningful through this type of activity. You don’t have to go for difficult tasks. You can start with something simple, but fun.