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The Benefits of Creative Activities for Children


Inspiring of interest: Craft projects can help children develop an interest in diverse topics and promote their inquisitive nature. Crafts can also make children explore the world around them and develop newer understandings and perspectives.

Time for bonding: When parents engage in arts and crafts activities with children, it allows them to spend quality time together, which is the need of the hour. Not only do you get to spend time with your children, as parents you can use this opportunity to bond and discover more about each other.

Satisfaction as a reward: Making something completely from scratch can be very rewarding. When your child completes a craft project that he has been working hard on, he will enjoy a sense of accomplishment and pride. Needless to say, any recognition or praises offered for his efforts will also boost his self-esteem.

– Developing a life-long interest: Children who enjoy their chosen craft form may end up taking it on as a life-long hobby or better still, develop a career path in that field.

Spending an hour or more everyday at creating something is essential for a healthy mind. Keep experimenting with your children until you find a creative art they love, and then build on from there.

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Shobhika Jaju is a NET qualified psychologist who would love to be reborn as a shrink every single time. She is the founder of Silver Linings: Guidance & Counselling Centre, in South Goa, & hence is effectively putting her love for psychotherapy & her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology to good use. Shobhika also works at Little’s School, Fatorda (Goa) & writes for several print and online media on a regular basis. She facilitates workshops on topics promoting personal enhancement & spreading mental health awareness. She is affiliated to the American Psychological Association, Bombay Psychological Association, Goa Psychological Association & the Movement for Global Mental Health. Her website can be accessed at silverliningsgoa.com.


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