Arts and crafts are more than just macaroni necklaces and hamster houses made from Popsicle sticks. While these are both noble endeavors-no one likes a homeless hamster after all-expression through art is a key component to childhood development. That's not to say adults can't enjoy our selection of arts and crafts at Toynk.com. If you really want those Paw Patrol stickers, who are we to judge? We sell toys for a living! Be free to have some fun. Read more
Stickers take up residence alongside beading, papercraft and knitting kits; magic sand and classics like spirographs and fashion plates. Our collection of arts and crafts encourages using imagination, following or completely ignoring patterns and creating original forms of expression, which are all important skills needed to navigate the real world.
Close, personal interaction in a child's early years is critical to social development. For example, when done together with you, art projects lend themselves to deepening your bond and creating lasting memories that make your child feel loved and safe. When done with friends or their peers, arts and crafts promote language and social interaction skills, teach patience and sharing, and can help your child recognize emotional cause and effect.
It's not all about social development either. Taking some of these things and putting them together with those things to create something completely different engages several parts of the brain all at once, improving coordination between the left and right sides of the brain. Craft projects also help strengthen muscles in the hands and fingers, developing critical fine motor skills.
Taking time to stop and focus on something as silly as recreating AT-AT battles with Play-Doh also teaches your child a very important lesson that is easy to forget as an adult - SLOW DOWN. Stop a minute, take time for what is important in your life, and have a seat. Shake off the shackles of an overscheduled and mercilessly structured life. Teach your children and perhaps remind yourself that a well-maintained work-life balance is crucial to mental health and general wellbeing.
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