How Any Arts and Crafts Activity Can Promote Bonding Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

Posted on 30 September 2016

Kids nowadays spend most of their time on technology devices. While this isn’t a totally negative thing, it has a way of preventing kids from spending quality time with family members, especially grandparents who only come to visit on weekends.

Arts and crafts can bridge the gap between grandparents and grandchildren, allowing both population groups from opposite generations to truly connect with one another.

There are many arts and crafts activities that grandparents and children can enjoy doing together. Here are some of them:

  • Weaving and knitting
  • Painting
  • Paper mache
  • Jewelry making
  • Pottery
  • Card making

Any of these creative activities can strengthen the bond between the young and the old - in several amazing ways. Read on and discover them here in this blog post.

Encourages emotional support and boosts self-esteem.

Because grandparents will be working hand in hand with their grandchildren, arts and crafts will create an environment that fosters emotional support and development of self-esteem.

In any creative activity, there is no perfect way to do an artwork. Every finished product is considered unique and beautiful. Grandparents can appreciate the projects of their grandchildren and mix up some activities. This allows kids to enhance their fine motor skills and feel better about themselves.

Creates happy and satisfying memories that last a lifetime.

It is a common thing for grandparents to relive past memories and tell stories about their younger days. Arts and crafts offers older people to create new memories with their grandchildren that involve joy and laughter. Moreover, kids will also have some memories to look back to when they grow older.

Any artistic activity and the feeling of happiness and satisfaction always come together. Based on scientific studies, any activity that involves creativity increases the dopamine levels in the brain, causing one to have feelings of pleasure. 

Over the years, people have always found joy in creating aesthetic projects. When these art projects are done together with a loved one, these activities become even more meaningful. 

Increases empathy and feelings of appreciation. 

Aside from improving people's memory and thinking skills, creative projects improves people's ability to empathize with one another. If you are wondering what empathy is, it is about understanding the feelings and experiences of other persons. 

Any art activity, especially when done with an older member of the family, is a form of therapy that allows children to feel love and appreciated. 

Final Thoughts

Even if child engages in any creative session alone, he will still be reaping the lasting benefits of arts and crafts. However, doing it with family members like grandparents makes the experience more meaningful. 

Your child will feel special too knowing that his grandma or grandpa spent quality time with him. It is not necessary for grandparents to actually work on an individual project. Sometimes, helping out a grandchild decide on the colors to use for a canvas and talking about fun things while allowing him to continue with the activity are already great ways to bond with him.

If you are a grandparent who wants to spend time with your grandchild in a craft project, you can get him to feel excited by planning out the activity with him ahead of time. Also, remember to stay lighthearted and positive the entire time! :)

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