Arts and Crafts toys make excellent gifts, but if you think of arts and crafts toys and immediately think “hot mess,” that sounds about right–scattered crayons all over the room, Picasso-type pictures taped to beds and tables and tiny objects all over the floor. But don’t end your thoughts there. The young creators of these scenes are onto something. Arts and crafts toys make excellent gifts for kids. These toys allow them to develop critical skills that will follow them into the future. Here are some of the ways their hot mess can help them in their development process.
When a child is thinking and making design decisions, those thought processes activate and stimulate the brain function which helps to develop it. These thought processes use both sides of the brain. Thus, the decisions involved in designing create valuable lifelong skills. Arts and craft activity relieve tensions and stress, too. Using your hands involves a sensory motion that can have a calming effect on the brain which means a calmer, happier kid. They are great activities to calm kids down especially when there is a need for “time out” play.
There’s a lot to be said for allowing kids to express themselves by coming up with their own ideas and using their own expressions in art designs. This gives them an early start in learning to think outside the box and to come up with new ideas.
Arts and crafts develop self- confidence in kids, especially younger children. These activities enable them to feel good about themselves when they see that they have made something with their own hands. Pride and confidence are traits that they can carry throughout their lives. This is an important step in a child’s development and a positive response to learning.
Coloring, drawing, picking up tiny items and other tasks involved in arts and crafts improves a child’s fine motor skills that firm muscles in the hands and increases dexterity. These skills are complimentary to typing skills that everyone in today’s world in order to keep up with technology changes.
So, messes, aside, if you are looking for ideas for kids gifts, arts and craft toys are an excellent choice and are quite educational. A kid spending time creating a work of art with their craft toys are well worth turning a blind eye to the temporary clutter that will likely result as a part of the process.