Doing arts and crafts with kids opens the doors to new communication channels and enhances the growth of wonderful relationships between children and parents. Arts and crafts develop the creativity and imaginative nature of children while enriching their spirit, as well as your connection with them. In addition to the bonding benefits of doing arts and crafts with your children, there are also other advantages that you may have never considered, such as saving money.
Here are just some of the ways having fun with your kids and making arts and crafts can save you money:
- Create Handmade Gifts and Cards. Nothing is more special than a lovingly created handmade gift or card. If you’ve got an upcoming holiday, birthday or other special occasion, get your kids involved in making a homemade gift. Their involvement will depend on the age level of your child. For older children, get them involved in knitting, sewing, cooking, baking or more advanced crafting. For little ones, fold the cards, stick decorations to them, and write a message inside. Working together will be a special time and will give kids a new sense of importance as they know they have contributed to a special gift that doesn’t cost a lot of money.
- Saves Money on After School Activities. Instead of paying for art lessons or craft workshops for your kids, set aside a special time each week to craft together. Each week you can teach your children a new craft skill or technique at home. Not only will you be teaching your child new lessons and skills, you will also be spending quality time with them that can’t be achieved through other types of extra-curricular activities.
- Makes Unwanted Items Useful Again. Try making crafts with your kids that re-use items you already have at home, turning them into something you will actually use. You can re-fashion old cloths that don’t fit anymore, use old fabric to make tote bags, make your own school notebooks, and more! The key is to find things you would normally throw away and find creative ways to re-purpose them.
Doing arts and crafts with your kids can be a rewarding experience for both you and your children. Have fun, get creative, and save money while crafting!