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Value of artwork and handicrafts for children

There are many art and handicraft workshops in Sri Lanka, that focus on a plethora of fun activities for children. This gives parents the opportunity to expose their children to the many benefits of arts and handicrafts.

Many children feel good about themselves, engaging in art classes in Sri Lanka and grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and learn more about the world around them. As parents, you don’t have to have a complete understanding or know-how to help children feel creative and take to Art and handicrafts, what a parent needs in a child is an open-minded attitude about the process of creativity and a willingness to explore, discover, and learn new things.

The difference between Art and handicrafts

Arts and handicrafts are inter-related, but are different activities. Painting a picture and making a macaroni neckless, shows that arts and handicrafts are really quite different. While art is an open-ended and unstructured activity, handicrafts are goal oriented and is a structured activity. Good art and handicraft workshops in Sri Lanka will provide both activities, and allow children to explore and learn. In a nutshell, handicraft activities are product oriented, engage cognitive skills and problem solving and require specific materials and instructions. Whereas, art activities are more process oriented, engage imagination and feelings and use basic supplies and open-ended instruction.

Children enjoy both the process and the final product that is taught in the art classes in Sri Lanka. The main goal of these classes are to help children experience the joy of creativity and the satisfaction of achievement. Children want their creations to look good and be admired. For parents to encourage children to pursue their artistic talents, they must provide a variety of arts and handicrafts, materials and resources that are stimulating, age-appropriate, and easy to work and providing just the right amount of instruction and inspiration.

Some of the characteristic that children who are involved in art and handicraft posses,

  • Imagination,
  • Expression
  • Self-confidence and self-discipline
  • Portal to express different cultures and values
  • New pathways for learning all subjects
  • Think critically, solve problems and make good judgments
  • Work cooperatively within groups
  • Appreciate what others have to say

In order for children to be healthy, happy, as teenagers and adults, they need to have lots of experiences and repeated practice with tasks in cognitive, emotional, social, and sensory-motor skills, Arts and handihandicrafts help children experience and practice their skills in all four of these areas.

Cognitive Development

  • Problem solving skills while experimenting with art material
  • Decision making with decorating, art and handicraft projects

Emotional Development

  • Communicate feelings with others
  • Sensory stimulation that can be fun, pleasurable and satisfying

Social Development

  • Sharing, non-competitive and cooperative environment
  • Participation of shy and less verbal children

Sensory Motor Development 

  • Fine motor skills working with various art and handicraft tools
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Enhanced self-esteem

Participating in arts and handicrafts activates also help brain development.

All children posses the potential to be artistic and creative, its a matter of identifying and exploiting it to the full!


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