It’s no secret that I think more people should do crafts. As a craft editor, if people didn’t craft, I’d be out of a job. So it will come as no surprise that I’m in favor of adults and kids alike stepping away from the video games and picking up glue guns and paint brushes. Besides, crafting might just save the world some day.
All right. You can stop snickering. I really mean it, and here’s why:
Creativity is a skill that needs to be nurtured in order for our kids to grow into the leaders of tomorrow. Solving problems and resolving conflicts require creative thinking. Although children are born with wonderful curiosity and creativity, very early on both tend to be squelched. With outside influences trying to make children conform to a prescribed norm, our homes should be a center for our kids to have the freedom to express themselves. Sometimes it’s just way better to color outside the lines.
The more kids see their parents engaging in creative pastimes, the more likely they’ll want to join in. Keep ample supplies of paint, glue, markers, paper, chenille stems, craft sticks, pompoms, and other basic craft materials handy for those “I’m bored; there’s nothing to do” days, and forget about the mess they’ll make. We all need the freedom to make messes.
Finally, you can help spread the crafting message to others. Instead of buying another video game or DVD the next time your child is invited to a birthday party, consider purchasing a craft kit or supplies instead.
You can find more craft ideas for both kids and adults and a lots more ideas and tips at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers.