The 6 week summer holidays have started and for many a holiday away is just around the corner. But what can you do for the rest of the holidays? When you are trying to stop the continual watching of Netflix, crafting can be the ideal activity to kerb the boredom and create a life long hobby. From Children’s cross stitch kits to sewing finger puppets there is lots to keep you and your little ones busy this summer. Here are 10 reasons you should teach your children to stitch this summer.
Crafting is so much fun; you can become absorbed in a project for hours just enjoying the motion of creating, choosing colours and watching a project come together. It will focus your children’s attention and soon their days of saying ‘Muuuum, I’m bored’ will be over, they will just jump straight into their craft project. Ame, Editor here at Sew and So, gave some cross stitch and long stitch kits to her children, not only did they love it and spend a lot of time doing it, they also wanted to do it every spare moment they had! They loved it so much every waking second was cross stitch and long stitch time.
2. Good for hand-eye-coordination & fine motor skills
An article on education.com titled The Value of Art for the Preschool Child says ‘Practising and gaining fine muscle control and strengthening eye-hand motor coordination. By holding paintbrushes and learning how to control the paint, crayons, scissors, and other art tools, children gain the skills necessary for later writing activities as well as a feeling of control over themselves and their world’.
A craft like cross-stitch and the careful task of threading the needle through the holes in the fabric will really strengthen their hand-eye-coordination skills. Most children’s cross stitch kits have the picture printed onto the Aida, this makes it easier for children and great so they can see what the final outcome will be and be able to follow along without having to count stitches or read a pattern.
A post on Patch.com stated: ‘Studies have shown that children, especially those in the 8-12-year-old group, who learn to sew gain many mental as well as physical developmental benefits. It has been found that the various tasks involved in sewing a simple project, such as following pattern instructions, fabric selection, colour coordination, sizing and fitting all help stimulate creative thinking, promotes self-esteem and perseverance’.
With certain crafts such as cross-stitch, embroidery or crochet you have to count your stitches, even in the simplest of charts. The repetitiveness of counting stitches will help cement those numbers into your child’s mind. In more advanced projects multiplication, addition and subtraction may be needed. However, in most children’s charts only basic counting is required.
4. Sense of achievement/ Self-worth
If you craft yourself you will know how great it feels to start a project and the enjoyment you get from doing it and then seeing the finished design. The sense of achievement we get from knowing that ‘I made that.’ Children get that same excitement and the feeling of self-worth they get from creating something will beam from them. Completing a sewing project from start to finish fosters a sense of accomplishment that can boost a child’s morale and self-confidence.
5. Improved concentration
To sew requires concentration and focus, problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. It challenges left brain thinking and is a great way to express one’s creativity and individuality.
6. Digital detox
It’s time to step away from the iPad! In an ever digital age, it will be a nice break from sitting in front of the TV, phone or tablet and for your children to get creative and marvel in creating something and seeing a project through from start to finish.
Crafting focuses your mind on the project in hand, this blocks out intrusive thoughts and can help bring calm. For children, life can be stressful, but when crafting they can enjoy being creative and creating something which will give them that sense of achievement and pride.
8. Bonding time
During all the day to day activities and jobs that get left for the summer, actually sitting down and having time with your little one can sometimes pass you by before you realise it. Taking that time with your children and crafting with them gives you that bonding time that you and your child crave. As a parent myself, I know how easy it is to get distracted with cleaning or running errands, so to sit down and have that time with my son and so something which I really enjoy, and watching my child do it too fills me with a lot of happiness as well.
Let’s not forget the main point of crafts. It is fun! People take up a craft such as painting, crochet, quilting etc. because they love to do it. So to do something and pass that love of a craft onto your child is wonderful and they will have fun doing it too.
10. Added benefit of all the above to you as the carer
All these points above are great reasons to get your little ones crafting this summer. The developmental, mental and emotional aspects of crafting, as well as the joy of doing it, mean so much that it is a no brainer.
Take a look at our craft kits for children on our website now and start enjoying the summer and all the joy that comes with craft.