Making is a fun way to get the creative juices flowing. It’s also a great way to teach children about science, technology, engineering and math.
When kids make something, they’re learning a skill, but they are also creating something that they will enjoy and value for years to come. They are learning about their abilities and the importance of taking risks, using creativity and asking questions in order to achieve their goals.
Crafting activities help improve the brain and promote wellbeing
Creating art is a meditative activity that allows the mind to forget its concerns and focus on the task at hand. It helps lower stress levels and increases mental clarity, says Kaimal. The same is true of a variety of other creative activities, including reading, playing games and doing puzzles.
Researchers have found that making art can reduce anxiety and depression. The act of making things releases dopamine, a natural antidepressant that makes you feel better about yourself and your situation.
A study in the Journal of American Art Therapy Association suggests that 45 minutes of creating art with an art therapist significantly lowered cortisol levels, which helps the body cope with stress. This could be a big benefit for students with high levels of stress, or anyone who needs to relax and decompress.
Crafting is also a great way for people to connect and socialize with others. Studies have shown that people who spend time in groups focusing on craft projects are more connected to their peers and have a stronger sense of belonging.
Research has also shown that people who spend time crafting are less likely to develop dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. This is because crafts and leisure activities are known to increase the production of new brain cells, which keeps the brain active and improves mental health.
They can also create useful gifts that will be treasured by friends and family for many years to come. This is especially true if the gift is made with a personal touch and love.
The joy and pleasure of creating is a great motivator to keep doing it again, which is why we’re encouraging teachers to embrace Making in the classroom. The goal is to shift the reliance on formal standards of knowledge and ability so that it no longer divides students and undervalues them by the skills they lack, but rather gives them the freedom to express their creative and innovative talents through a Maker project.
It can help students become better communicators and problem solvers. This is because they are able to express their ideas in a new way and practice new skills in a hands-on, creative way. This is a powerful, engaging and fun way to learn, which is why we are encouraging more teachers to use Making in the classroom and to incorporate Makerspaces into schools.
In addition to promoting a more empowering way of learning, Making is a great way to teach young people about their environment and the natural world. By incorporating nature into their projects, kids will start to think about what they can do to preserve our planet and the animals that live on it.