I haven't figured this out yet . . .
I thought I’d written something about arts and crafts but I couldn’t find any in the archives, so since the kids did some artwork, I thought I’d say a little something about arts and crafts.
I don’t like arts and crafts. There, I said it. I like them for my kids. I think their artwork is awesome, and I want to put some of it in museums, and some of it I want to keep for myself forever. No matter how ugly, I want to keep everything my kids make.
But I’ve never like arts and crafts for myself. Well, that’s not true because I can remember enjoying arts and crafts was when I was five. Once I turned six and tried to color within the picture and cut on the dotted lines, I totally lost interest.
I’ve never understood how some parents get hit with creative diarrhea and can produce endless crafts. Not to sound lazy, but crafts take a lot of work and I don’t see what’s fun about that.
However, my children love arts and crafts, which means I have to be positive towards making crafts for their benefit. I have to admit I don’t do a very good job of that. I usually groan whenever my kids ask to pull out the craft supplies. But that doesn’t mean I don’t see the value in them. Just from what I’ve witnessed, crafts can improve a child’s ability to concentrate, sharpen fine motor skills, exercise the creative side of their brain, and give them a sense of pride and satisfaction when finished that few other home activities provide.
And I’m often impressed with the results of their work.