Today’s world is quite tough on children just to be children. It’s not like a couple of decades ago, where children were of a milder nature and cared more about playing and enjoying the company of other children. Now, however, as technology has progressed, certain cultural phenomenon's have had an impact on the minds of children. Body-image, being cool, and not having the latest technology has created an environment where some children feel marginalized. This causes them to have low self-esteem issues. As a parent you might be their only source of comfort as opening up about insecurities to their peers may be a little daunting. Arts and crafts are projects which you can do with your children, keep them occupied and get their mind off stressful thoughts. While creating something you can show them how to express themselves and find solace in artistic endeavors.
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The benefit of art
Art forms give children a healthy and productive way to express their emotions, and while they’re young, they’re still trying to understand why they feel they way they do. Happiness, anger, sadness are all given channel in which they can be directed and also let you the parent know, what the inner thoughts of your child are. Some children don’t have the confidence to do other expressive things like music, acting or dancing. But, with the escape and massaging of imagination that art allows, they can express what they would like to do instead.
You need the equipment to get involved and give your child the things needed to also. Such things like paper, pens, pencils, felt tips, crayons, coloring books and large A3 pieces of paper are basics that every parent should have ready for their kids to use. However, the written word is something that will stay with them forever. Get your children poetry books and start reading to them early on in life. When they are around the age of 8 or 10, you should encourage them to write down what they see and think of the world around them. You can buy stationery online, such as personal note paper, which you can sit down with them to write a thoughtful message to grandparents or to another child on their birthday. Such companies have unique bordered paper designs with unique typefaces to choose from. Creative writing doesn’t come naturally to many people, so get them involved early on in expressing themselves with words rather than just pictures.
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Painting and style
Buying children paint and a paint brush can be one of the most wonderful, and thoughtful things you can do to aid their growth. A blank canvas can be intimidating to adults, but children are so free that they see it as an opportunity. Perhaps this is because of they older we get the more pessimistic adults become. Allow your children to paint outside, let their imaginations and thoughts run wild. They may paint what they see, or perhaps their favorite cartoon character. The bottom line is you’re helping them to cognitively bring their thoughts to life. Using their hands to communicate with the world, is a great growing process because children realize, what they think and how they act, can be something tangible in real life and it matters. Thoughts aren’t just chemicals in our brain; they can become physical things too.
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St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly. I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos. Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you. This was a super easy one for those little hands. I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting. The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper. EASY, but they enjoyed it! :) It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge! :) I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!
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