Arts and crafts do a lot to promote children’s creativity which, in turn, helps them develop sharper problem solving skills and other cognitive strengths. Unfortunately, many traditional schools have cut art classes out of their curriculums due to dismal budgets. This has led to many children being denied the opportunity to get in touch with their artistic side or even uncover hidden talents at drawing and painting and sculpting.
Parents who homeschool are lucky to be able to work arts and crafts into their curriculum. Around the holidays the arts and crafts projects can coincide with the time of year. Christmastime is an especially festive season and it is easy to plan out a whole month’s worth of projects around the jolliest season!
Setting out to decorate an entire tree (even a small one) with nothing but home-made ornaments is a good way to get kids ready for Christmas Day. The ornaments can range in color and size and shape which give children a precise understanding of design and what kinds of effects different materials can have. Furthermore, seeing a tree decorated entirely with ornaments they made will give children a clear sense of accomplishment and happiness. If the project plan is repeated year after year the ornaments can be saved and the “self-designed-tree” will grow every year!