When a child is around 18 months old, they are in a new developmental stage in life. They are still learning a lot everyday. They are saying words and walking so now they will want to a few more things to develop their creativity. Arts and crafts are so important for toddlers. Here are a few of the reasons why.
Fine Motor Skills
Up until now, your baby will have been using large toys and objects. One reason is that they would try to eat smaller objects. Another is that their fine motor skills aren’t ready for larger objects yet. They can’t grip or hold them. Now they are a little older; they need to develop these fine motor skills. Things like holding a pen or cutting with scissors. Even learning to make a bow with a ribbon. This will spill into other areas of their life too, like dressing himself of eating with a knife and fork.
Being able to see things that they can do will give them such high self-esteem. It will boost their confidence. As they develop, you can make things more challenging for them. Achieving something will help them to feel pride and see the cause and effect of their actions.
Crafts can be a lot of fun. You may find them a little stressful to start with, especially if it is new to your child. Plan ahead and you will be able to limit the mess. You can also introduce things to them at different times. If you know, they are not ready for glitter, and you don’t want it to be all over your carpet, just wait. Then can try different crafts at different times and ages. Crafts can be a real bonding time for the both of you too. Embrace it and you’ll enjoy it much more.
Crafts need your child to use both of their hands together. This will help their coordination, as well as their hand-eye coordination. This is so important to be developed. It will help in other areas of the lives too. Tying their shoes will be much easier if they have developed this type of coordination. It will also help them to play sports better and help them when they are learning to write.
Crafts do need a certain amount of patience and waiting. This could be when they are waiting for the paints to dry or even to wait their turn for a certain colour pen or paint. It will also mean them to tidy up after themselves. All this will help them to develop patience and to work with others. It will also help to develop their self-regulation.
So crafts are not only fun, but they are an important part of development and childhood. They should be done a couple of times per week, using a variety of different methods.
What are your little ones favourite crafts? I’d love to hear what you do together and how you make craft time enjoyable.
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