Arts & Crafts - The Marmite of Parenting!

Like with marmite, arts and crafts are often something you either love or hate, but if you are an arts & crafts hater, then here are a few reasons why you should cross over to the "sticky" side....

It has been shown time and again in scientific studies that simple arts and crafts activities really are the building blocks for children's development. They particularly help children in the following areas*:

- Fine Motor Skills: Using scissors to cut, spreading glue, sticking, folding... these all involve fine motor skills!

- Language Development: talking about colours, shapes, textures, instructions... all very useful vocab!

- Decision Making: having to make simple choices and decisions is good practice for decision-making and criticial thinking in later life.

- Visual learning: sculpting (in playdoh, clay or any other material) helps to develop visio-spatial skills.

- Inventiveness: The world needs creative thinkers, inventors in all walks of life and that creativity starts almost from the very beginning of a child's life!

"Time and again, I see a child's engagement transformed through an arts or creative approach. It enables them to unlock their potential because the spotlight is taken off what they think they can’t do and shined on what they absolutely can do – using their imagination. All of a sudden, what they can’t do doesn’t seem so difficult anymore. Everyone should have access to that powerful opportunity of discovering what is possible for themselves!"

Ruth Churchill Dower, Director of EarlyArts, Author & Consultant specialising in the use of Creativity & Art in Early Childhood

The internet is full of ideas about arts and crafts projects that parents can do at home with their children. However, if you are not really an arts and crafts person, then there are an increasing number of arts and crafts activities available for children to join, including of course KidooLand's International Playgroup!

KidooLand's Playgroup Programme always includes a healthy dose of arts and crafts activities because of all the excellent reasons mentionned above, but also because the children do so love doing them! Here are a few examples along with the "professional" breakdown explaining what our children were learning as they carried out these fun arts and crafts projects.

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