Unconventional Character Lessons That Arts and Crafts Teach Children

Arts and crafts are not just a fun pastime in class to break up the monotony of traditional learning, they are also a phenomenal way for children to learn character lessons—that is, lessons that they can take with them no matter what endeavors they embark upon. What is the purpose of early education besides to set up the learning habits and basic knowledge needed to succeed in life? That being said, here are 3 unconventional lessons that classroom arts and crafts teach children.

Arts and Crafts Teach Children Flexibility

Flexibility is an important skill for children and adults alike. The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry—or in the case of 2nd grade arts and crafts, that awesome project your kid has in their head might not have come out the way they expected it to. We all discuss how fun arts and crafts are—and they are fun, but anyone who’s tried to create something knows there is a frustration in bringing it to life.

Thankfully, that’s what creativity is all about. When an arts and crafts project doesn’t come out the way your child thought it would, it’s a good chance for them to roll with the punches and just enjoy the process. That also brings us to the next point!

Learning to Find Your Own Strengths

Even as early as kindergarten, it becomes apparent that all children are different. They are each wonderfully unique and have their own strengths and weaknesses, but sometimes for children it can feel painful to see other kids do something they think is better.

In the case of doing arts and crafts, it might be the first time where children find themselves comparing what they have done to other students. Especially when it comes to the arts—where subjectivity reigns supreme, they might feel deflated that another student’s project looks better than theirs despite the fact that there is nothing wrong with theirs.

Instead, what you have here is an example of students’ not acknowledging things they are good at but fixating on what they may not be good at. Unlike standardized testing or traditional academic pursuits, there are no right or wrong answers during free form arts and crafts exercises. This is very important for the spirit of the arts. Art for art’s sake is not just a high-brow saying from the 19th-century art world, it is something many children come upon themselves when experimenting or just being generally silly and having fun.

Ultimately, hopefully with good guidance children can learn to appreciate the things they are good at and work on things that they wish to be better at through observing how their projects come out.

Arts and Crafts Can Help Children Work Together

Have you ever had children work together on a group project that utilized arts and crafts? It’s an exercise in give and take. Kids are often rambunctious and just want to do whatever it is that they want to do. Part of learning and growing up is knowing how to make a case for what you want and when to compromise.

These points may seem like a fairly adult way of thinking, but these are lessons children are learning naturally when they cooperate and work together.

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