March is National Crafts Month. So I thought I'd update a blog originally posted when Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers was in its infancy. This is a topic near and dear to my heart, and many of you may have missed it the first time around. -- AP
It’s no secret that I think more people should do crafts. If people didn’t craft, I’d be out of a job, and with all the debt Dead Louse of a Spouse dumped on me before cashing in his chips, the last thing I need is to lose my job! So it will come as no surprise that I’m all in favor of adults and kids alike stepping away from the video games and picking up glue guns and paint brushes. Besides, crafting might just save the world some day.
All right. You can stop snickering. I really mean it, and here’s why:
Creativity is a skill that needs to be nurtured in order for our kids to grow into the leaders of tomorrow. Solving problems and resolving conflicts require creative thinking. Although children are born with wonderful curiosity and creativity, very early on both tend to be squelched. With outside influences trying to make children conform to a prescribed norm, our homes should be a center for our kids to have the freedom to express themselves. Sometimes it’s just way better to color outside the lines.
The more kids see their parents engaging in creative pastimes, the more likely they’ll want to join in. Keep ample supplies of paint, glue, markers, paper, chenille stems, craft sticks, pompoms and other basic craft materials handy for those “I’m bored; there’s nothing to do” days, and forget about the mess they’ll make. We all need the freedom to make messes.
Finally, you can help spread the crafting message to others. Instead of buying another video game the next time your child is invited to a birthday party, consider purchasing a craft kit or craft supplies instead.
So how do you promote creativity in your own kids? Share your experiences with us. What’s worked for you and your family and what hasn’t? Post a comment for a chance to win a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP