This is a guest post written for me by Little Creative Days for my toddler special which is running until the end of June 2012. If you would like to contribute to my toddler special then please get in touch :O)
Does Crafting Help Our Toddlers To Develop?
This is something I have researched because I felt intuitively that the sense of achievement we get from crafting really does help children to develop different skills. I also believe that it helps to improve their self-esteem and boosts their confidence. My Little Man’s face really lights up when he’s made something for us or painted a picture that we put up on the wall.
It’s my belief that by doing crafts with kids they learn a variety of skills that will continue to help them throughout their life. They learn how to solve problems and understand how things are constructed, it helps teach many other subjects too in a way that kids will remember. I have also seen how doing crafts improves dexterity and hand eye coordination.
Children have a fantastic imagination and crafting really lets them explore this. Crafting gets kids away from the TV and lets them exercise their imagination rather than absorbing someone elses. Lots of modern toys don’t allow for their imagination to take over and I have seen this first hand with Little Man. If he has a toy that makes a noise, for instance a tractor, he will not make the noises himself but if it doesn’t he will launch into a whole scenario of what the tractor is doing and make all the noises.
Most of all, doing crafts with kids helps to build a bond between parent and child that can last a lifetime and that has certainly been true in my case.
So what things can you do with a toddler that can help to develop those skills?
- Well obviously there are craft kits, we have quite a range that will help little ones to develop their hand/eye co-ordination, learn to recognise different colours and shapes, and help them develop their imagination as well as helping them to understand different textures.
- You could help them to make various paper crafts such as paper flowers, paper chains or paper lanterns.
- They could cover their own toy box by sticking various shapes or characters or materials onto it, or cover a jam jar to store their pens and pencils in.
- Lego, play doh or stickle bricks are also good as the children learn to build all sorts of different things, which again allows them to develop their imagination.
So as you can see there are all sorts of ways that crafts can help children to develop various skills that will help them in later life, so what are you waiting for…………….get crafting!!