Easy Ways to Get Your Kids Interested in Arts and Crafts
Normally children love to do arts and crafts projects. They can’t wait for the chance to use their imagination and get their hands dirty. Some children don’t like crafts, however. Here are some easy ways to get your kids interested in arts and crafts.
Child development experts and parents agree that no two children are exactly alike. Perhaps the child who doesn’t like arts and crafts simply hasn’t found a craft they like. What crafts projects have you introduced to your potentially non-crafty child?
Ask them if there’s something they’ve wanted to try but haven’t been able to yet. Take them to an arts and crafts store and let them browse the aisles. Pay attention to the things they seem interested in even if it’s just a small bit. Talk to them about the different supplies and what they’re used for. Sooner or later something will likely click for them.
Spend time with your child looking at arts and crafts websites on the internet. Another option would be to check out some books at your child’s level. Ask your child if any of the projects appeal to them. If they say something looks interesting or fun, make note of it so you can get the supplies they’ll need.
Let your children see you enjoying a craft or hobby. Even if you have the television going, that doesn’t mean you can’t be crocheting or doing a scrapbook page. If they see you enjoying a craft they may be more likely to become interested.
Try to avoid giving your children the idea that a particular type of craft is off limits because of their sex. Many men enjoy knitting or doing other crafts often associated with women. Some women are expert woodworkers which is traditionally a men’s skill. Encourage your children to try any craft they are interested in.
Set aside time each month for your family to work on crafts. Everyone can be working on their own craft rather than all of you working on the same one. However, if you have a large project everyone can work on together, so much the better.
Try to keep craft supplies readily available for everyone to use. If the supplies are accessible, the child who claims not to like arts and crafts may find they really do. Encourage any interest they have in the arts. You may even want to take the whole family to an art museum to pique their interest.
Make a big deal out of your child’s artistic abilities. Hang artwork in a special place on the refrigerator or devote one wall for your family’s masterpieces. Don’t forget to put up one of yours or your partner’s every once in a while. You need to feel your work is special, too.
Don’t give up on them but don’t push them too hard either. Arts and crafts are supposed to be fun. If your child says they don’t like crafts, try one or more of these easy ways to get your kids interested in arts and crafts. One of them may provide the spark your child needs to make them a lifelong arts and crafts lover.
There are lots of creative and fun craft ideas for the whole family in our main section here, so just check out Arts and Crafts for Kids.
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