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Arts & Crafts

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.

Working hard.

Yes, he had help. No, it wasn’t from me.


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This entry was posted on July 17, 2012 by in Family, Parenting and tagged , , , , , , , .
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