Children are one of the most important groups to expose to arts and crafts. When kids get a creative background from an early age, their entire creativity level goes up. Children that love to create things (boys and girls) usually think about problems more creatively, and learn an outlet that they can use all of their lives to relieve stress or simply make beautiful things.
Children who are exposed to DIY crafts actually learn to communicate better across the board. Learning to create arts and crafts forces you to make something look nice, and you communicate your personality a bit through everything you make. Once you learn how to communicate through art, it becomes even easier to communicate using words. And we all know that kids need to learn how to do that! So if your child uses hitting or anger as a way to communicate, consider giving them a different outlet instead!
It also gives children a reason to use their imagination. I don’t want to go on a TV-bashing spree, but TV really doesn’t require kids to use their imagination. TV is an escape, and kids that watch too much of it don’t really use their imaginations as much. Doing crafts that are DIY makes sure that your kids are using their imaginations as they do them. On a side note, reading is another great way to make sure your kids use their imaginations!
One thing you need to make sure of is that you don’t try to force your kids to do crafts that they don’t like. Their minds will close tighter than a pallet collar from Kronus Collars if you try to force ideas down their throat. Have them do crafts that THEY like! I remember when I was a kid I didn’t ever want to color. EVER. However, when my mom got me a coloring book that had all of the story of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones in it, she couldn’t stop me from playing with it! She found that Star Wars was my thing, and so made cardboard models of Jabba’s palace and x-wing fighters. The point is to make sure that you make the crafts about THEM, not about you! They’ll enjoy doing it only if the craft is something they like.
Lastly, crafts will make your kids better in school! Yes, you heard that right. It is much easier to grasp logic problems or math equations if you have a love for arts and crafts. For example, it is easier to grasp geometric concepts if you love making things out of clay. And that’s just one example! However, the point is that art makes kids think critically, and it’s disguised as something fun. And that is the true benefit of arts and crafts: it’s not a waste of time; it’s a fun tool to learn concepts that will really help your children through life.