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This summer I plan to do many things with my children such as visit the beach, museums, and amusement parks. All of these things will bring us much joy and excitement. However, on those days when we will not have any family outings I need to have things planned for us to do inside. One activity that I plan to do is arts and crafts projects.
Three reasons why I enjoy doing arts and crafts with my children are:
#1 – Bonding Time
During our sessions, we talk the entire time. There are no cellphones or tablets involved so that our attention stays on our project and each other. It gives me a chance to get to know my children better. It also gives them practice answering questions. We like to talk about a range of topics such as, who is their favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse character to their favorite place to go during the week. I love hearing their answers.
#2 – Creativity
It allows them to express themselves creatively and use their imaginations. If my son wants to draw a dog wearing a Santa Claus hat on a hot, sunny day, so be it. I’m not going to stop him and say there is no way a dog should be wearing a Santa Claus hat and especially not in the Summer. If this is what he sees in his thoughts and wants to see how it looks on paper then I am fine with that.
#3 – Learning
As I stated in a previous post about arts and crafts, it is also a time for learning. Children learn how to draw, use scissors, put things together and become better at these skills. They also learn how to follow instructions. I tend to get many of my projects from Pinterest. Therefore, I have to direct my children on the steps that we need to follow in order to achieve the end results. Our finished product does not always look like the Pinterest photos, but we still have fun making it.
Doing arts and crafts has many benefits and can be pretty easy. I understand that everyone may not be artistically inclined, which makes them unlikely to do arts and crafts. However, I think all you need is time and supplies. To help with the supplies part, I made a list of the basic supplies that I believe are necessary for many arts and crafts projects.
If you want to be a little bit more adventurous and try some more advanced projects, here is a list of extras that you may possibly need.
Hot glue gun
Also, if you want to learn for yourself or if you have an older child with an interest in arts then I suggest that you check out Craftsy. There are tons of online classes that you can take at your own pace to learn art, photography, knitting and more.
I hope that this post has inspired you to take on an arts and crafts project with your child. If there is any item that I am missing please let me know in the comments section below.