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Fun is just the beginning.

For young kids, arts & crafts time is a playful, sensory experience filled with imagination and creativity. But there’s so much more at stake. New research identifies numerous cognitive and social benefits that result from simply engaging kids in creative arts & crafts projects.

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Visual-Spatial Skills

Arts & crafts encourages key visual processing skills, such as pattern recognition, detecting of sequences, and spatial rotation. In the toddler years, key benefits that emerge from crafting include the rudiments of pattern recognition and spatial perception.

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Fine Motor Support for School Readiness

Kids learn by using their hands – and their developing fine motor skills in turn help them learn later by supporting academic readiness. Activities like arts and crafts accelerate the development of muscles in the hands and fingers, improving fine motor skills that are essential for school success in the earliest formal years.

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Executive Functioning "EF"

EF reflects a critical skill set that guides planned behavior – a constellation of processes that have been shown to be highly predictive of later academic and professional success. As the creative process of crafting takes hold, it will motivate kids to focus attention. And to execute the steps that go into crafting, they will be calling into play their emerging working memory skills.

Let's get started. It's simpler than you think.

Arts & crafts projects don’t have to be a major time commitment. Browse through the project ideas below to find something truly special you can create together. Or you can start with just a few supplies and enjoy some unstructured creative time. Check out this blog post on Free Open Play.

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Let's remember that inside every child is a creative voice just waiting to be heard.

Let's pledge to spend more quality time together.

Creating. Laughing. Learning. Gluing. Bonding.

In just a few minutes each week, you can create memories you'll cherish forever.

About the Research

Discover the Lasting Benefits of Arts and Crafts

Sponsored by Elmer’s Products, Inc.

Elmer’s has teamed up with accomplished researcher Richard Rende, Ph.D., to further explore the benefits arts and crafts can offer children in the early years of growth and development. His research reveals that creative interaction between parents and young children engaging in activities like arts and crafts not only provides immediate and lasting cognitive benefits, but also creates a unique bonding experience, which creates lifelong memories. Click here for a summary of the key findings gathered from 50 experts in the fields of child development and pediatrics and more than 300 moms from across the country.

Meet Dr. Richard Rende Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Rende Ph.D

Richard Rende, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist, researcher, educator and author. His research portfolio includes scientific projects that focus on the link between parenting practices, family interaction, and emotional and behavioral development. Rende has authored more than 100 academic publications and presentations, serves on the editorial board of four academic journals and also writes his own blog Red-Hot Parenting, which is hosted on Parents.com.

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