Taking part in art and craft activities can help your child in many ways. Arts and crafts activities can help to develop your child’s imagination and creativity, their planning and organisation skills and fine motor skills.
Arts and crafts can be enjoyed at any age and can be done as a group activity or individually. You can also support your child’s learning from school by linking activities to topics and school projects or linking with themes throughout the year: Easter, Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Eid, Chinese New Year, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter etc.
Painting and Drawing Activities: using stampers and printing, finger painting and hand painting, scratch art, paint by numbers, stenciling, blow painting, crayon rubbings. You can use a variety of tools and everyday objects e.g. pencils, crayons, chalk, pens, toothbrushes, potatoes and other fruit or veg, string, sponges, cotton wool, bubble wrap, toilet roll tubes, bubble wrap etc.
Activities involving tearing, cutting and gluing: paper mache, collage, paper lanterns, sun catchers, paper chains, mask making, paper weaving etc.
Construction: pasta necklaces, play dough, salt dough, egg box construction, making a mobile, making cards, toilet roll tube construction, junk art, Hama beads etc.
Baking: stirring, using a rolling pin, using cutters, spreading, kneading, measuring etc. Ice and decorate cakes or biscuits using writing icing and sprinkles.
Melted crayon art
Yarn craft e.g. knitting, crochet, French knitting, rag rugging, weaving
Fabric craft e.g. cross stitch, embroidery, sewing, weaving
Bead work, jewellery making, friendship bracelets, loom bands
Glass painting, ceramic painting
Nail art, hair braiding
Slime making, Gak, magnetic slime
Play Talk Read www.playtalkread.scot
Read Write Count www.readwritecount.scot
Play Scotland www.playscotland.org
Activity village www.activityvillage.co.uk
Red Ted Art www.redtedart.co.uk
Nurture Store www.nurturestore.co.uk
Youtube search for kids crafts or the above activities.