They say that creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There's really no better feeling in the world, than being able to express yourself openly without judgement!
While this is important for people of all ages, it's especially important for children as creative experiences at an early age can help kids express themselves, and cope with their feelings. Creativity fuels the ability to problem-solve, innovate, and explore new and unfamiliar areas!
Here at Ann Williams, we are passionate about crafting for this very reason. We believe that through crafting, kids learn invaluable life skills. Crafting not only encourages kids to make their own choices and explore, which builds self-esteem, but helps them learn about their own uniqueness and individuality.
We love these suggestions from Parents Magazine on ways to foster creativity in your children when doing arts & crafts:
Prepare for a mess. Set up an art space where your kid can be free to experiment - and get messy!
Avoid giving direction. Don't tell your kid what to make or how to make it, rather encourage them to explore.
Speak specifically about art. When talking to your child about their art project, try to be precise in your comments, saying things like "I see you used alot of purple yarn, why did you choose that color?"
Explore your child's process. Often the best way to encourage conversation about your child's art is simply to say, "Tell me about what you made," or ask, "Did you have fun making it?"
Let it be. When a child finishes a project, don't suggest additions or changes. It's important for a child to feel that what they created is enough.
Our Monthly Craft Box subscription is a perfect way to infuse creativity into your daily and weekly routines. What could more exciting than receiving a surprise in the mail every month? Monthly craft kits filled with new arts and crafts projects to try!
We offer crafts for children ages 6-8, children ages 9-12, teen crafts, and even crafts for adults! Get 30% off your first box when you sign up for a craft monthly subscription with code OMGSURPRISE. What are you waiting for? Let's get crafty!
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