Arts and crafts are fun activities that also provide opportunities for cognitive growth. Learning through play is one of the most effective ways to engage children in activities that will help stimulate their minds and teach them motor skills and how to process thoughts in order to make the things that they imagine become realities via artwork.
Although most educators, child psychologists, and parents agree that artistic endeavors and creative experiences are beneficial to children’s mental development, there is an increasingly demeaning attitude toward the arts in traditional school systems. Most schools require that students make top-grades and such grades can only be achieved by a rigorous system of testing that is imposed upon even young grade-school learners. To make room for such extensive testing arts programs are being diminished rapidly.
Luckily, children who are homeschooled and cyber schooled can often escape these testing curriculums. Hence, many parents who homeschool or school virtually can pay more attention to the arts and incorporate art lessons into the curriculum even for preschool aged children. Drawing, painting, sculpturing and building are all ways that children can embrace their creative sides and possibly find their favorite hobby or future career path. Those who work in creative fields are always searching for new talents and so those who are innovative and imaginative should be encouraged, no discouraged.
Below is a list of five tools and items that can be used to teach young children arts and crafts in order to get them familiarized with the world of creativity and invention.