For children, play is much more important than we realize sometimes. We’ve gathered some research about this so you can learn with us.
1. Creative activities help kids to manage their emotions
Creative play as an emotional outlet.
For children it’s not always easy to express their emotions, often they haven’t learned to understand their emotions and to translate them into words. When participating in creative play children have a let-out for what they’ve experienced and as a parent, you can help them understand what they are feeling.
2. Creative activities are good to help your kid develop social skills
How can children learn that we're all equal, but not the same?
Understanding that other people are different from us is a very important thing for our children to learn. Creative activities help show children that others often do things differently than us.
3. Creative activities help with physical development
What's the difference between gross motor skills and fine motor skills?
There is a wide range of skills involved when being creative. We can split them into two groups: gross and fine motor skills. With dancing, acting and movement, children train their gross motor skills including balance and spatial awareness. Meanwhile, art and crafts help support fine gross motor skills and hand and eye coordination.
4. Creative activities help with intellectual and cognitive development
Creative activities help your child to develop many thinking skills. These skills include- problem-solving, developing their imagination, concentration and critical thinking. By exploring different materials and tools, discovering new concepts and techniques, children can develop their ideas and their understanding of the world.
5. When parents participate in creative activities it helps your child’s wellbeing
Our lives are busy, and children’s lives can be incredibly busy too.
Going from one activity to another can make for frantic days and children can be under increased pressure to try to be good at everything. Taking time out to be led by your child and to be playful and have fun together, is good for both your child and you. You don’t even have to have an end goal in mind. Just being in the moment, enjoying the time together, and giving your child undivided attention, can provide a wonderful shared bonding experience.