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The Benefits of Craft Classes for Children

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 10 Nov 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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These days you’ll find a range of craft classes available for children of all ages. But what benefits can be gained from attending such classes?

Many children enjoy having a go at arts and crafts activities, such as making collages, painting, drawing, making models or sticking and gluing things. If your child is showing an interest in crafts, or you think they could do well at creative pursuits, then attending an organised craft class might be the ideal solution.

Craft classes are available for children of all ages, but usually start from the pre-school age, of three to five years old. They can be one of the classes, where children take part in certain activities and crafting, or classes that can be run on a regular basis, such as a once a week for a term. They offer a great way of trying out a variety of crafting methods in a fun and stimulating environment. It might be crafts that your child has never come into contact with before, or it may be things in which they can improve and develop craft skills they’ve already learnt.

An Array Of Benefits

The classes are a good way for children to interact and socialise with their peers, through fun activities. Some craft activities are likely to be designed so that children can have a go, on an individual basis, at things themselves. But there are also likely to be group craft experiences too, where everyone contributes to a project.

The latter approach is great for building up social interaction with children and for them to learn about team work, sharing and cooperation. It’s also a wonderful achievement for them to be involved in a group project and they’re likely to feel very pleased with their contribution, however small or large.

With pre-schoolers in particular, taking part in art and craft activities can have significant benefits. For example, holding a pencil, crayon or paintbrush in their hands can help with fine-tuning motor skills. It improves their coordination and strength and will have long-lasting benefits, such as helping their ability to write and use a pen as they get older.

Taking part in craft classes is likely to be enjoyable for children and could help boost their confidence in their own abilities. Of course, crafting isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and if your child doesn’t seem to enjoy attending, then there’s no point in pushing them into going. It may be that they’re just not into crafting, or perhaps that the classes aren’t quite the right format for them or aimed at their age group.

As children get older, there are still many benefits to be gained from craft classes. It’s a nice hobby to have, offering the chance to unwind and take the mind off other things and could be a way for older children to relieve stress.

As children become more experienced at crafting, they may find areas that they find particularly enjoyable or want to explore more. Many classes offer the opportunity to do this – unlike some school-based art classes, where you have to do what everyone else is doing – so this can help broaden their educational experience.

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