Making is good for you - and children! Set out time at least once a week (or more) to make something.
Here are six reasons why school holiday craft is good for kids.
1. Creates peace
Did you know that making things can create calm, generate happiness and increase self esteem?
2. Improves communication
Start out small and choose an achievable project, get the kids in on the act to catch a little one on one time! It’s surprising when you have a quiet moment what kids will say. Have a laugh, talk about last week or things that are coming up whilst you are making.
3. Makes kids stronger
Craft and making things builds resilience, it helps to develop skills to cope better with stress. It’s a simple solution that can help families reconnect and cope with the daily busyness of life.
4. Increases confidence
Pick a project that is achievable, this will build confidence and help to have a successful and positive outcome. This is a time to chat and make. You don’t want to pick something too hard.
5. It doesn't need to be complicated
Anything from paper collage where all you will need is scissors, glue and old magazines to more complex projects that may involve sewing, painting, woodwork or crochet.
6. Improves sense of well-being
Starting and finishing a project helps regulate mood, it gives you a purpose and has benefits including good feelings.
It also helps teach people to self regulate their moods. In todays world we are all looking for instant gratification, making things teaches you about process and problem solving skills.
Concentration, memory and decision-making are all skills we need to practice. Craft is a great way to safely practice and improve these skills.
Tag us and show us what you have made! #BHGAUS
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