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Title: Developmental Benefits of Summer Camp Crafts


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DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
OF SUMMER CAMP CRAFTS
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Arts and crafts activities are a summer camp
staple that every kid enjoys in their daily
schedule.
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In addition to providing kids with a calming
activity after long hours of outdoor play, summer
camp crafts allow kids to learn and improve new
skills that fall across a broad range of
abilities.
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To parents, it may look like a kid is just having
fun creating a birdhouse or necklace, but they
are also enjoying these developmental benefits
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in addition to being entertained every time
they get involved in a summer camp craft project.
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DEVELOP CREATIVITY AND SELF-EXPRESSION
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Kids need open-ended art experiences that allow
them to bring their imaginations to life.
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In a summer camp craft class, kids are encouraged
to be creative and focus more on the process of
making art than on the actual product.
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Whether they want to make a rustic pot, an
elegant vase or a completely different type of
project, the opportunities for self-expression
are boundless.
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Learning to tap into their creativity is a skill
that kids will also use in many other areas of
their lives, such as problem solving and writing.
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IMPROVE FINE MOTOR SKILLS
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Many summer camp activities focus on the kids
developing gross motor skills as they ski, hike
and swim.
Yet, it is also important to provide kids with
activities that strengthen their fine motor
skills.
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Pinching clay, holding a paintbrush and beading a
necklace all require kids to use their pincer
grasp.
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Strengthening fine motor skills not only helps to
improve a childs handwriting, but it can also
help kids to throw a ball further, type faster
and play a musical instrument with greater skill.
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BUILD VOCABULARY AND ORAL LANGUAGE ABILITIES
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Craft projects are very hands-on, which makes it
easy to overlook that kids learn new vocabulary
when they delve into an unfamiliar type of art.
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For example, kids who are sewing will learn about
bobbins, selvedge and how to identify the grain
in fabric.
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Alternatively, young painters will learn the
different names of brushes and types of paint.
Kids also learn how to use descriptive language
when they are talking about their projects or
developing a new idea for something to create.
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FOSTER SOCIAL SKILLS
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In a craft class, kids get to spend time with
their peers making cool new projects.
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As they do so, they also learn how to share
materials, keep things orderly and use kind
language when critiquing their friends work.
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Many craft projects also take multiple days to
complete, which teaches kids how to be patient
and persevere when things do not go as planned.
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Learning to try a new technique if a prior method
does not create the desired effect is also a
wonderful way for kids to gain control over their
emotions and follow through in the face of
challenges.
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ENJOY GREATER CONFIDENCE AND A SENSE OF PURPOSE
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The creative process also involves taking safe
risks that promote the development of
self-confidence in kids.
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If a child decides they dont like the way a
pattern of beads makes their necklace look, they
can simply start again.
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This makes it easier for them to remain confident
even when they are experimenting with an
unfamiliar technique. Completing a project and
discovering a new favorite hobby also gives kids
a sense of purpose that enhances their life
satisfaction.
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Tie-dye t-shirts and handmade mugs may be classic
camp art projects that kids view as just being
fun to make. However, your kid will be gaining
valuable skills with every craft that will impact
their future academic and social success.
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As your son or daughter heads off to camp this
season, watch them dive into the world of art,
and enjoy watching their creativity,
self-confidence and language skills grow.
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Canadian Adventure Camp is a coed overnight
summer camp for kids located on a beautiful
private island in the wilderness lakes region of
Temagami.
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Founded in 1975, it provides acclaimed programs
to children from around the world!
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VISIT SITE
http//www.canadianadventurecamp.com/
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CANADIAN ADVENTURE CAMP 15 Idleswift
DriveThornhill, Ontario, L4J 1K9
Canadainfo_at_canadianadventurecamp.com
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