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Arts and crafts are a great way to bond as a family

Spongebob Squarepants is created from household items.
Spongebob Squarepants is created from household items.
H. Taylor-Lewis

With everything you hear about children watching too much television, playing too many video games, and not getting enough activity and mental stimulation, parents are forced to come up with new ways to encourage children to turn off the tube. One fun way to get children more active is to incorporate arts and crafts into their schedule. Arts and crafts help to increase a child’s creativity, problem solving techniques, and self-esteem by allowing them to think of, assemble, and complete their own creations. They are also a great opportunity to develop new skills and to bond as a family.

In thinking of craft ideas for children, be sure to take their ages and gender into consideration, boys may not be interested in making their own clay beads for jewelry. If your child has not done crafts before, start off with easier projects to gauge their level of skill and interest. There are many different craft projects that you can do. For ideas you can check out your local craft store, the craft section of your bookstore, or find ideas on the internet. There are many different types of projects available using many different types of materials such as fabrics, foam cutouts, wood (pre-cut shapes are available at craft stores and online), floral, beading, and scrapbooking.

Crafting doesn’t have to be expensive either. Go on a nature walk around your neighborhood and find small items that can be made into a collage or shadowbox. Re-create your child’s favorite book, movie, or television show with items you find around the house (a kitchen sponge can be transformed into Spongebob Squarepants). There are so many different projects that you and your children can do that you are sure to find something for everyone to enjoy.