CRAFT TIME BUILDS CON­NEC­TIONS

Warwick Daily News - - Weekend -

From Easter hats to bas­kets and painted eggs – there’s no get­ting away from it – Easter is craft time.

For many mums it can be some­thing they dread be­cause craft means mess which equals more work, so many choose to avoid it all to­gether but are then hit with ‘craft guilt’.

“From my years work­ing with mums and kids, I have seen so many mums suf­fer from craft guilt whereby they’re torn with spend­ing joy­ous hours craft­ing with their child and there­fore be­ing a ‘good mum’ but time and mess play such a huge fac­tor that they avoid it al­to­gether and then guilt rears its ugly head,” says clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and par­ent­ing spe­cial­ist, Re­nee Mill.

Re­nee says the rise in tech­nol­ogy also has a part to play as it has placed a fo­cus on ‘learn­ing’ rather than cre­ative pur­suits and fam­ily time.

“Self-di­rected, cre­ative play is way more ben­e­fi­cial to a child’s de­vel­op­ment,” she says.

When a child plays in this way – with craft at home for ex­am­ple – they have the op­por­tu­ni­ties to prac­tise and suc­ceed in dif­fer­ent skills that they can’t do when it’s not self-di­rected play.”

Ac­cord­ing to Re­nee there are so many ad­van­tages of ‘crafter­noons’, such as in­creased fam­ily in­ter­ac­tion, less screen time, greater prob­lem-solv­ing abil­i­ties, in­creased mind­ful­ness and a de­crease in anx­i­ety in chil­dren.

Teacher and In­sta­gram craft guru and blog­ger at Oh Cre­ative Day Shan­non Wong-Nizic (pic­tured) says it gives her a chance to slow down and con­nect with her chil­dren.

“Craft­ing forces me to be present and the con­ver­sa­tions that arise are price­less. I like to think that busy hands lead to loose lips,” she says.

“When kids are busy mak­ing and creat­ing, they tend to be less guarded and are happy to chat about any­thing and ev­ery­thing.”

“Putting my teacher hat on, craft is also great as it al­lows chil­dren to ex­plore ma­te­ri­als, prac­tise fine mo­tor skills and de­velop vo­cab­u­lary,” adds Shan­non.

For some easy and in­spi­ra­tional Easter craft tem­plates, visit pi­lot­pen.com.au.

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