There are countless discussions based around the idea of the benefit of doing simple (or potentially even complex) arts and crafts projects in a number of different situations. In professional instances, arts and crafts are ways that people make money or validate their creative skill sets. But in non-professional settings, simply the idea of making something with your mind and hands is its own benefit.
Consider situations like people going through rehab, or an individual trying to connect with either a child or an elderly person with a mental or physical condition. And what about using an arts and crafts project as a solo meditation, or even just as a way to practice motor skills that don’t get used otherwise in your everyday life?
Helping With Rehab
Going through rehab is an incredibly difficult and complex process for people working through certain types of addiction. But one thing that you’ll find in many different facilities, is that there’s often forms of therapy along the sobriety journey that involve arts and crafts projects. It could be anything from drawing to painting, or from making macaroni pictures to doing full sculptures. The point is to keep the mind occupied while the body is recovering.
Connecting With Children
If you feel like you don’t have anything in common with children of a certain age, you may find that setting up arts and crafts projects is exactly the thing that you need to bridge that gap. If you encourage children while also showing your own vulnerability with respect to a project, that’s a great bonding experience to go through. In addition, because the variables are pretty controllable, you can make artistic sessions consistent in terms of scheduling as well.
Connecting With the Elderly
If you’ve ever been to an assisted living facility, then you know that there are lots of old people who can be frustrated with their situations. Connecting with the elderly by working with drawing, painting, and even sculpting is a fantastic way to open up lines of communication, especially for people who have had strokes or are suffering through other stages of dementia.
Art projects can be perfect for solo meditations as well. Get an adult coloring book and some pens and colored pencils, and you can while away the hours, clear your mind, and find your center more quickly than you would imagine!
Working On Motor Skills All Throughout Life
Sometimes you can take motor skill for granted. How well can you move your hands and arms in detailed patterns? One way to practice these skills while also doing something fun, creative and practical, is to use art projects as your conduit. There are entire kits that have all sorts of different options for mediums, and each skill uses slightly different movements on your part.