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The Benefits of Crocheting and Knitting For Your Child

A young 9 year old learns crochet.
A young 9 year old learns crochet.
Melissa Linton

Have you ever sat and watched some one crochet or knit? If you have did you notice how peaceful they look? That's right peaceful, content, not a care in the world. If you crochet or knit you may understand what I'm talking about. Why is this you ask. Its because science has shown that doing a repetitive motion helps to calm and relax the body. What's more repetitive that a crochet hook or knitting needles.

There was an article published last month titled "Don't stop knitting! It Keeps you Healthy" and it highlighted some of the benefits of knitting. The article was shared across all forms of social media and crocheting was included into the discussion also. There were seven benefits outlined in the article. Everything from its relaxing to possibly helping with possibly reducing the risk of dementia. While most kids are not going to suffer dementia, there were some benefits for kids too.

  • Therapy: For those who are depressed, it can motivate them to connect with the world. It is a conversation starter, allowing people to interact politely without making eye contact. It builds confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improves concentration and can provide an outlet for excessive energy: A Toronto teacher started a knitting club for 7- and 8-year-olds at a private boys’ school and It was a smashing success. The boys opted to stay in from recess to work on projects. Some were extremely hyper, but focusing on work with their hands helped them greatly and gave them a sense of accomplishment. Especially good for those kids with ADHD or ADD because it allows them to sit but still move there hands.
  • Offers a break from busy schedules and a refreshing detox from a technology-saturated world: We all know that kids today are wired in to their electronic devices all day.

Building kids confidence and self esteem are important, getting them to have a sense of accomplishment is something every parent wants. Crocheting and knitting are often thought to be an old person thing but there are many people younger and younger crocheting and knitting, some famous people to. Need some help getting the kids on board here are some famous crocheters and knitters: Eva Longoria, Alyssa Milano are crocheters and Scarlett Johansson, Lilly Allen and Kate Moss are knitters.

I didn't forget about the boys. Mike Rivera is a linebacker who has played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, learned how to crochet on a trip to Guatemala. You can see the full story and watch a video of him teaching crochet to children at a Boys and Girls Club by going to ESPN. Actors Ryan Reynolds, Russell Crowe, David Arquette, Randy Grossman tight end for Pittsburgh Steelers, musician Ringo Star, all knit, crochet and do needlepoint.

Crocheting and knitting do not have to be limited to old women, So if you want to get your child into something that helps build self confidence, become unplugged, develop better concentration and is just plain fun look into a crochet or knit class. You can visit JoAnn Fabrics and Craft for a class schedule. The only location in Western NY that teaches classes is the location at 1551 Niagara Falls Blvd in Amherst NY. You can call 716-836-8586 to enroll in a class. They offer a variety of classes for kids and adults too if you're interested.

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Here's to hoping that one of these yarn arts gives you and your child some of that peace and relaxation that you see so often in the people you used to watch. In a few stitches, well maybe lots of stitches, it'll be you that inspire others to take up the craft.

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