The importance of learning traditional crafts has been buried in modern society with electronics and a heavier focus on core subjects. Truly, the arts have fallen by the wayside, as have basic skills, such as sewing or basic cooking skills. However, groups are beginning to find places, both virtually and physically, to meet and help young people acquire these necessary life skills outside the school environment. As young people become more consumed by electronic devices and school needs, adults are beginning to realize why the arts and simple traditional craft skills are essential.
Developmentally, Humans Need Art
Consider how art and traditional crafts are created. The creator must use both fine and gross motor skills for art. Painters need precise brush strokes and sewers need small motions to complete a project. Even honing a child’s sewing skills requires specific motor skills for success. Language development is also assisted by traditional art projects, as talking about the process helps children expand vocabulary. It also helps foster imagination, which is the root of creative thought processes in adults. Americans for the Arts reports that traditional crafts, such as wood working, help strengthen critical thinking and problem solving skills. Developmentally, art is necessary for children who want to grow up to be well-rounded adults.
Rounding it Out
Traditional crafts and artwork help round out a child, providing more opportunities as an adult. While reading in English class may help a child become inventive, the concept is reinforced through art. The risks taken in the creation of a traditional craft help children learn how to be innovative. Creating a whole from parts helps kids learn about expression, and how to use different skills to solve a bigger problem. Traditional crafts also help children learn about culture, which carries them into an easier adulthood. The world is much more fluid, with cultures mixing at a faster rate. Using traditional crafts to help children learn about others will help children keep the acceptance with which they are born. Traditional crafts and art help round out a child, giving him or her additional skills that many employers desire in an employee.
Children who practice traditional skills are better prepared for the world after primary school. They are better able to adapt to unexpected situations, live on their own, and survive without help. Giving children traditional craft knowledge will give them viable life skills, such as how to sew a button back on a shirt, painting an old piece of furniture for reuse, and more. Children with traditional craft skills will become better adjusted, well-kept adults.