Yo! Summer is about to be here, are you ready? Probably not. But me neither and that’s okay.
Also, while we’re being honest, let’s admit we do all the fun stuff during the first part of summer, leaving us struggling towards the end. That’s okay too. Plus, it gets way too hot to do anything, anyway. So here are the best crafts to keep your children busy when summer starts dragging on.
Get to Crafting Ya Filthy Animal
My kids love “crafting.” I put in the air quotes because we aren’t making macrame masterpieces. Their crafts consist of paper plates, stickers, and whatever junk is left in their creativity boxes in our laundry room. We frequent the dollar store and stock up on all kinds of fun stuff.
And if they’re lucky, I’ll buy the prepackaged kits from Joann’s when I happen to be in there. I’m also not the cool mom who likes to make slime. I just can’t do it.
But this summer, it is my goal to be the craftiest mom on the block. If you share my lofty ambitions or just want some peace and quiet, here are five blogs to help you make the best crafts with your little (or big) crumb snatchers.
Five of the Best Craft Blogs to Get You and Your Kids Crafting
Reasons Your Kids Should Be Crafting
Arts and crafts typically require children to use both hands in a specific manner. This can help them develop fine motor skills and bilateral coordination. Cutting with scissors, drawing dots and lines, and even simply tearing a piece of paper are all examples of quite demanding tasks in terms of ability. And kids like these tasks. They can help them develop faster and become more skilled in other daily activities such as dressing, tying their shoes, using kitchenware, etc.
Kids are very visual about most things that happen around them. Generally, they take in a lot of information every day. However, there will always be those children who are naturally shy and not that comfortable expressing themselves with words. They may look for different, more visual ways to express their emotions and thoughts. Arts and crafts are a way to give them what they need in a safe environment that they can control.
Increases Productivity and Creativity
A child’s imagination has no limits. Arts and crafts are an excellent way for them to harness all that imagination. There are a variety of materials, colors, shapes, and activities they can choose from. Allowing them to explore various options and pick those that they find the most agreeable. They might even discover a hobby they enjoy, like drawing, that can later become a fruitful career, such as graphic design.
Use and Develop Other Skills
Young kids start out by using pens by scribbling random things on random things, hello wall art. The upside to this is, the more they scribble, the better they will be at pen control and their movements on the paper. While they learn to control their own actions, they are also learning to create different shapes, eventually leading to creating letters. Which means the more they scribble, the faster they’ll master everything they need to write clearly.
Art comes with endless possibilities and choices. Will they draw a cat or a dog? Will their house have a red roof or black? How will they draw the birds and the clouds? Choices like these shows kids how to think critically. Inspiring them to decide and evaluate their own decisions so they can repeat them or change them the next time. This helps them become more comfortable thinking about different possibilities and more confident in their own choices. Plus, learning to try different combinations and come up with their own ideas is a beneficial skill at all ages.
Crafting can create a common ground for all the kids who may have different interests or simply haven’t found their inspiration yet. Most children love creating things with their hands and will enjoy seeing what others have created.