As a kid, my favourite holiday was Christmas and my favourite pass time was crafting (and still is). Imagine my delight when each year my Mom would pull out the craft case and we would make and paint Christmas ornaments. Macaroni angel, walnut mouse, felt Santa, clothes pin Rudolph, they all still hang on the tree and every time I see them a smile appears on my face and all the happy memories of Christmas crafting re-emerge.
Unbeknownst to me back then, I was using a widely effective therapeutic tool now popularized as “creative arts therapy”. Crafting is a therapeutic tool used for improving mental-emotional health and general wellness. It helps elevate mood, alleviate stress, and engage your brain in creating positive cognitive connections. For children, crafting develops focus and attention and hand-eye coordination skills. Studies have shown it to have a positive effect on self esteem and confidence, producing a sense of accomplishment and purpose. When you create you accomplish a task, boosting belief in your own ability to tackle a task presented to you. This builds not only confidence in children, but independency and crucial problem-solving skills. Also, crafting is an empowering social activity and bonding opportunity with peers and parents.
My gift for Christmas was crafting and gift-giving. Hence, my gift to you this Christmas is a Calming Christmas Crafts for Children ebook of different crafts for different ages that you can do with your kids (or yourself). Use the mood-boosting powers of crafting to evoke a little Christmas spirit this holiday.
Wishing you a very merry holiday season and happy crafting!