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8 benefits of crafting with your kids

From developing fine motor skills to supporting self-esteem, getting crafty has serious perks for your child.

Some parents are skilled crafters. Others do well to cut paper in a reasonably straight line. No matter which group you fall into, crafting with your kids is a great way to bring the family together and children of all ages develop valuable life skills along the way. 

Here are some of the good things that come out of crafting with your kids:

Crafting builds creativity.

Crafting provides the opportunity for kids to use their imaginations. It helps them learn to solve problems, and it could lay the groundwork for a lifetime of interest in art. 

Creative thinkers are more intellectually nimble in a world constantly changing. In fact, about 60 percent of CEOs polled in the 2010 IBM Global CEO study cited creativity as the most important leadership quality.

Crafting encourages reading. 

Reading instructions is still reading! This also indirectly teaches kids how to follow them, a valuable life skill for everyday life. 

Crafting helps fine motor development

Painting, cutting, sticking, tearing, and beading all help strengthen fine motor muscles that will later help preschoolers button their shirts, tie their shoes, write, and more.

It develops resilience and teaches patience

In a world of instant gratification, crafting teaches kids that not all things in life happen instantly and sometimes you have to do things over to get the results you want. When kids craft, they may need to wait for things to dry or set before moving on to the next step — or understand that a craft project may take more than one session to complete.  A big part of the crafting process helps kids understand that it’s okay to make a mistake and restart. 

Crafting boosts self-esteem

Kids who craft feel a great sense of accomplishment when a project is complete. It promotes the “I did that!” effect and can help build positive self-esteem.

Crafting gives parents and children bonding time

Crafting as a family or one-on-one provides opportunities for us to interact with our children. It is also a valuable learning experience for them. Don’t worry if you aren’t the world’s greatest crafter. Your willingness to try anyway is a lesson to your kids in itself. It also encourages conversation. When you’re crafting together, talking comes naturally. You can seize the opportunity to discuss such things as your child’s interests, his concerns, and how he’s doing in school.

Crafting encourages critical thinking.

The process of creating something naturally gets kids thinking about the final product, and the steps they need to take to get there. 

Crafting is a great way to cope with lockdown

During lockdown, if you find your child getting agitated or exhibiting an overabundance of energy, try bringing out the craft supplies. Crafting engages kids’ minds, giving them something to focus on and a good reason to sit still for a while.

There is no question, arts and crafts are great for children. There is no negative to crafting, and its benefits extend to all spheres of life and make the kids better equipped to face the challenges life throws at them.

PNA stationers have made it simple for you by creating fun CRAFT WITH PNA activities with shopping lists. To get started, click here.


I have TWO R250 vouchers for PNA to giveaway to 2 lucky readers.

To enter all you have to do is tell me your favourite craft to do with your kids.

Competition ends 26 July 2021.

T&C’s apply!



  1. Caz
    19 July, 2021 / 3:17 pm

    Thanks for this lovely, encouraging post. The craft we’re really enjoying at the moment is painted rocks… We’ve collected many over the last year or so and it’s always a special surprise to stumble upon them on a beach or at the park. So now we’re on it… we collect a bunch of river stones, bought the necessary supplies, printed some labels and are just about ready to go hide our rocks on the next sunny day. I think my kids will be super excited to then discover (via the Cape Town Rocks) Facebook who found their rocks. It’s a lovely little hobby that also builds community.

  2. Kelly
    19 July, 2021 / 4:20 pm

    My daughter is all about arts and crafts. We love using recycled materials to make anything art wise. So I can’t even say one specific thing

  3. stephanie videira
    19 July, 2021 / 10:26 pm

    My daughters and i love crafting, we always save our cereal boxes to make crafts with at the moment we making bookmarks ( so all the grandparents are getting some 🙂

  4. 20 July, 2021 / 8:37 am

    Our current favourite craft is hama beads (ironing beads) My little one has made all the grannies and aunties fridge magnets.

  5. 21 July, 2021 / 10:17 am

    At the moment, it’s been painting as he loves that and we recently learnt origami – very basic, we made a cat out of paper folding it in a certain way. I’m still learning along with him as whatever I’ve done has always been by myself, not learnt. So I’m trying to make time, to spend time with him and to do things with him, but also learning as we both go along. I’ve always loved crafts, it was just never a major option nor was it encouraged on me…

  6. Michelle
    22 July, 2021 / 8:41 am

    Hi, do we enter here?

    My daughter loves painting and drawing. This is so awesome because the majority of my family is arty – we love drawing and painting as well. So I encourage her to draw and paint as much as she can….although she does go overboard and paint and draw on the walls sometimes….that’s when we have to stop lol…

  7. Carla vd Westhuizen
    24 July, 2021 / 7:59 am

    I have never done as much crafting as I have this past year!
    Harvey and my favourite is to make characters out of toilet rolls. We have done all the characters from nightmare before Christmas, Star Wars, leprechauns at st Patrick’s, aliens, rockets and so much more!

  8. Chane
    25 July, 2021 / 8:45 am

    My Littles are still small so far a favourite craft is painting.. We need glue for some of the other things I have planned to try. And I’m sure as they grow the craft love will evolve… I’ve saved rice to colour and all kinds of recycled items…

  9. Barbara
    25 July, 2021 / 1:06 pm

    My kids are teens so we no longer really craft together – but we love PNA 😂.
    Well actually Rafe and I go to Pottery together, Kara and I have started crocheting so maybe we do still craft together lol.

  10. Catherine
    25 July, 2021 / 1:14 pm

    At the moment the three of us are dotting.
    Station set up at dining table and we do it together daily.

    • Mira
      25 July, 2021 / 1:51 pm

      Our favourite craft is painting. We have done tons of projects like this that keep my little guy busy. Plus he gets super excited at the mention of a paint project

  11. Michele
    25 July, 2021 / 3:51 pm

    My daughters and I love painting and mindfulness coloring. My 16 year old is obsessed with all things PNA because she can find the best art supplies.

  12. Julia
    25 July, 2021 / 8:43 pm

    Nice giveaway! We love to paint rocks and put them in our garden around the plants.

  13. Chelsea Miller
    26 July, 2021 / 6:55 am

    Probs too late to enter, but yay stationary 😂💛 our favourite craft is all the crafts, but personally I love doing collage or making something they can use for dress up, like pirate hats or masks out of paper – less messy than the paint things 🙃

  14. Tarryn Debideen
    26 July, 2021 / 9:39 am

    My babies love painting and mindfulness coloring.

  15. 26 July, 2021 / 11:45 am

    My son loves drawing and cutting anything he can get his hands on. His favourite thing to do is draw “portraits” of anyone who would sit still and not move infront of him while he draws them. We have loads of laughs about it afterwards because the details is always so funny!
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