benefits of arts and crafts for children's learning

The Benefits of Arts & Crafts for Children's Learning & Development

The Benefits of Arts & Crafts for Children's Learning & Development

Arts and crafts is a critical component of children's learning as well as any curriculum in an education setting. 

There is no doubt that arts and crafts are an enjoyable activity for children. It is also an integral part of their learning and development.

child drawing on a table with art products and wooden toys

From early mark making with chunky crayons and finger painting to using play dough and clay to create figures or objects. Children's fine muscle strength and dexterity develop through creative and open ended play. They learn to tell visual stories using their hands and this then supports their language and literacy development not only through school, but life. 


paint on a childs hand


Some of the benefits of engaging in the creative arts and crafts include:

Physical Benefits of Arts & Crafts for Children

  • Development of fine motor skills: As children move their fingers and hands, they help in develop their fine motor skills. The seemingly simple actions of holding a paintbrush or pencil helps to  strengthen muscles and improve control.
  • Enhances dexterity: With the enhancement of fine motor skills and much practice, a child’s manual dexterity, artistic skills, and speed will also increase.
  • Improvement of hand-eye coordination

child sitting at a table using scissors to cut

Social Benefits of Arts & Crafts for Children

  • Children can learn about their own culture as well and learn to appreciate art from other cultures.
  • Enhances self-expression. Children can express their feelings through the process of creating. 
  • Helps in socialising
  • Supports social confidence and peer relationships

Cognitive Benefits of Arts & Crafts for Children

  • Enhances creative thinking and nurtures problem solving.
  • Sharpens skills of decision making.
  • Enhances memory and visual learning
  • Children learn about colour, shape, pattern 

arts and crafts for children's learning and development

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Further Reading:

Creative craft activity or craptivity? - Anne Peters


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