5 Developmental Benefits of Arts and Crafts

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

 5 Benefits of Arts and Crafts:

  1. Bilateral Coordination– Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting, all require your child to use both of their hands together. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow, such as writing, tying shoes, typing and so much more!painting of family
  2. Fine Motor Coordination– In order to draw shapes, cut patterns, and hand writing, your child is required to use their fine motor coordination. These skills similarly translate to other areas of their lives, such as dressing ,eating, and in the academic setting.
  3. Self Regulation– Crafts that require drying require waiting! This is a great lesson for you child to demonstrate self control and patience. Also, as always things might not go exactly as we hoped! Crafts are a great way to promote flexibility in your child. There is no right or wrong way in exploring one’s own creativity!
  4. Self-esteem booster– Although we want to challenge our kids, it is also important to initially choose arts and crafts that are at your child’s skill level. Completing the crafts successfully will give them a great sense of accomplishment and pride. As you and your child begin to explore more crafts, you can add in more and more challenges
  5. Bonding and fun-Your kids will love spending time with you and creating something together!

 Great craft ideas to do with your kids this winter season:

Snow Flakes

  • Start with tracing a circle on your favorite color construction paper
  • Cut out the circle
  • Fold the circle in half 3 times
  • Draw shapes from the edges with a pencil
  • Use scissors to cut along the designs
  • Carefully open your circle
Cotton Ball Snowman
  • Use glue to make three circles, for the outline of your snow man. Fill in each circle with glue completely
  • Stick cotton balls in the glue circles to form your snowman
  • You can make this more of a challenge by using chopsticks, small tongs, or tweezers to pick up and place the cotton balls
  • Be creative and give your snow man a face and accessories (gloves, hat, etc.)
  • Colored glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Felt

Cards for friends and family

  • Fold a piece of construction paper in half and decorate. That’s it! The rest is up to you and your child’s creativity
  • Tips and Ideas:
  • Write your message in pencil and have your child trace
  • Attach a picture of your child
  • Use holiday inspired stencils and have your child trace onto the card
  • Use a variety of materials; markers, paint, colored glue, glitter, beads, scrap paper, magazines, buttons, and much much more!

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Lauren Weichman

Lauren Weichman is an Occupational Therapist and a former Special Education teacher. She has always had passion for working with kids to reach their full potential in leading successful and happy childhoods. She attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana to earn her Bachelors degree in Special Education, with a focus on mild disabilities. Upon graduation she became a certified learning behavior specialist in Illinois and taught special education in the Chicagoland area for 3 years. Her classroom consisted of children with a variety of diagnoses, including learning disabilities, behavior disabilities, Autism, ADHD and others. Lauren made the decision to pursue the field of occupational therapy in order to work with children in achieving goals in all areas of their lives. She attended Rush University in Chicago, Illinois to earn her Masters degree in occupational therapy. While a student, she completed a twelve-week internship at North Shore Pediatric Therapy (NSPT). During this time she worked with the NSPT therapists and staff to learn first hand of the fundamentals of pediatric occupational therapy. Lauren is also a participant in the Best Buddies Illinois and is an active member of their Associate Board.

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5 replies
  1. Art supplies says:

    Well said,
    Art and craft play vital role in the skill improvement of a child. Family cards and cotton ball snowman are really very cute and creative ideas for kids. Thanks for this lovely resource.

  2. James Bergman says:

    My favorite thing about art now, that I learned when I was a kid entering art contests, is that it helps me decompress. I do arts and crafts to relax and be able to spend time with my kids. However, I do agree that it helps them with their motor skills and patience. More importantly, I think it helps them learn how to be more creative and to think outside the box. If you don’t believe me, just wait until you see what your kids do with their snowman craft, it may not look anything at all like a snowman. I personally think this is normally great, it shows that they are thinking.

  3. Tomas Killington says:

    My wife and I are constantly looking for activities that could benefit our daughter. She is very shy, and could use a boost. I didn’t realize a painting class could help build her confidence and self-esteem by showing her that she can complete things she sets her mind to and overcome challenges as they arrive. That sounds like something that could definitely help our daughter.


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