Creating Bonds Through Craft
We love crafting. Crafting is easiest way to explore creativity and imagination power in kids. Making something on their own endows them with a confidence and positive attitude. They will build a self-esteem and constructive emotional response to learning.
There are various benefits of crafting for kids:
Develop higher thinking ability- childhood is fundamental phase of life. Crafting is a wonderful and easy process to develop thinking ability at higher level.
Fine motor skills- crafting accelerate the development of muscles in hands and fingers (in colouring, paint brushing) and thus improve fine motor skills esp. in pre-schooler. They can learn colour, number and shape recognition also.
Boredom buster- crafting is a great boredom buster. It is an amazing tool to keep them engage and entertain. Rainy, snowy or hot way crafting is a unique solution to spend time.
Stress reliever- nowadays anxiety disorder, depression and other psychosomatic disorders are common in kids. Crafting works as a great stress reliever for kids. Some scientific study suggested that sick peoples who engage themselves in creative activities require less medication for pain.
Foundation for future- a child who enjoys clay moulding may become a successful potter or a girl who loves make costume for her doll may become a renowned fashion designer in future.
Here are some tips to encourage crafting in kids:
- Do not wait for summer- to do crafting or other hobby activities. Plan a “weekend or monthly project” to introduce simple methods of crafting. Recycling is best tool for that.
- Play date with friend- organise a crafting competition or group crafting with other friend to encourage them for good work.
- Reward and praise – when they take interest and complete a project praise them for motivation.
There are various methods for crafting, but personally I like recycling and crafting with 1-3 steps (simple crafts that complete in 3 steps). Because in routine life we all lacked time and kids also have shorter attention span, so I always making prefer simple and recycled crafts with my kids. Here I am sharing some of them. Hope you would like it.
Doraemon Photo Frame
Kids love cartoons. It is good idea to incorporate kid’s favourite stuffs in creative activites. So I had thought why not make a Doraemon photo frame?
Material needed- plain paper, piece of cardboard, pencil, crayons, glue, Popsicle sticks, colours and photograph of your child.
Method- First Draw all Doraemon characters on paper and colour it, then cut it with scissor and make a cut out. (We had selected Doraemon; you can choose any other cartoon character too).
Then make a simple photo frame with cardboard and Popsicle sticks (colour or decorate Popsicle stick for better presentation) then stick your child’s photographs and attach all cut outs on four side of frame. A super easy and elegant photo frame is ready.
Variation- You may use foam sheet for base. Shells, stones and stickers are other option for decoration.
Bulletin and Message Board
Bulletin boards are a good source to put all important messages. It is also helpful in developing organisational skills in kids at early age.
- A Piece of cloth
- Decorative material.
- Cut the require piece of cardboard with craft knife.-
- Cover it with a piece of cloth (we had used a red colour muslin cloth for bright look) cover it properly with tape or pins.
- Decorate it with stones, lace etc. an easy message board is ready for your all important message.
It is a Chinese craft. They collect their all good memories in decorated Mason jar whole year and then read it on New Year eve to feel the goodness and positivity of past year. Why not try this nice tradition at your home too.
- Mason jar,
- Decorative material and slip of paper.
Decorates the jar according to your choice with available at home craft supplies. Explain all family members that whenever they had a good experience (get good marks in exam, a promotion in job) they need to write it on a piece of paper and then put this slips in jar. Read it on New Year celebration and had lots of fun.
This is simplest way to recycle old magazines, clothes and different card.
- Cardboard or drawing sheet,
- Old magazine, clothes, cards…options are endless. Just explore your imagination.
First selects a theme. We had selected “Food” theme. Then collect pictures of all kinds of food from old magazines. Even you can draw and colour it on a piece of paper and cut it to make a cut out. Then glue the all pictures on piece of card board to make a paper collage. Kids will have lots of fun and creativity. While making this craft, you can talk with your kids about importance of eating a healthy and nutritious diet.
Variation- it is the art were we can use tons of theme and materials. Like:
- Fabric collage
- Vegetable collage
- Old cards collage
- Cotton boll collage
- Shape collage
- Animal collage
So these are my creative ideas for a simple crafting journey, what is yours? Do not forget to share. Until then happy crafting!
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