Little Picasso

Arts and crafts activities expand a child’s ability to interact with the world and develop skills for uninhibited self-expression and communication. Theyboth foster creativity and promote each child’smental, social and emotional developmentBothalsoimprove sensory-motor skills

 

Many people think of arts and crafts as if they were the same process. But they’re actually different activities. Art is an open-ended or unstructured activity, crafts are goal oriented or structured.” For example, painting is an art activity and a making a birdhouse is a craft activity.

 

It’s important for us to distinguish “arts” from “crafts” as each meets different needs in a child’s development

 

Arts

Crafts

Open-ended

Goal oriented

Unstructured process

Structured process and product

Creativity

Skill building

Emotional release

Critical thinking skills

Self expression

Discipline, staying on task

 

To summarize the chart above, arts develop feeling skills and crafts develop thinking, relating and coordinating skills. Both arts and crafts help reach development goals in these four main categories:

 
  1. Cognitive Development (Thinking)

  1. Emotional Development (Feeling)

  1. Social Development (Relating)

  1. Sensory-Motor Development (Coordinating)

 

Participating in arts and crafts activities activates both sides of the brain, the linear left hemisphere and the creative, non-sequential right hemisphere. Both types of activities are excellent for helping children reach their full potential.

 

Left HemisphereLogical, sequential

Activated by reading, math or linear problem solving

 

Right Hemisphere: Creative, intuitive

Activated by art, music, dance, and drama

 

Arts and crafts nurture a child's creativity. Rather than being told what to do, answers and directions come from the child. This is an experience that requires freethinking, experimentation, and analysis  all part of creativity

 

It is importantto understand the difference between "creativity" and "talent"— a child does not have to create a masterpiece to have a meaningful artistic experience. This is about the process, not the product. It's tempting to want our children's to turn out "cookie-cutter perfect" work to prove that they are successful and on track. It's reassuring to know that we can relax! Where arts and crafts are concerned, it is the process of creating —exploring, discovering, and experimenting — that has the greatest value. Through self-expression and creativity, children's skills will develop naturally, and their ability to create will soar.

 

If a child grows up believing in his or her own creative self, he/she will have a better chance of finding constructive outlets for creative energy in later years. The child's creativity will not be just a memory; it will be a valuable personal resource and something to nourish and to use every day.

 

At Healthy Toddlers Care, our children regularly enjoy a variety of art and crafts activities to stimulate their imagination and creativity, while fostering physical and mental development. These include:

 
  • Paper and Glue Crafts

  • Construction and Sculpture

  • Painting and Drawing

  • Fabric Projects

  • Beads and Jewelry

  • Recycled Crafts

 

Our arts and crafts don’t begin and end with glue or crayons! As with most learning, these are subjects that overlap with other parts of our program, with both arts and crafts being found, for example,in gardening and cooking. At Healthy Toddlers Care, fun and learning go hand-in-hand throughout each day!