The Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Children

Are you aware of the benefits of arts and crafts for children? They go far beyond just having a fun time. Keep reading!
The Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Children
María José Roldán

Written and verified by the psychopedagogue María José Roldán.

Last update: 19 May, 2023

If you have children, you’ll know that all kids love to make creations with their hands. This is something that motivates them and, with good instructions and a little help, they can have a great time. That’s why we’re going to tell you about the benefits of arts and crafts for children.

Discover the benefits of arts and crafts

Whether they’re arts and crafts done at home or at school, each and every one of them has advantages and benefits that can’t be overlooked. In fact, if you don’t usually do them at home, after reading about these benefits, you’ll probably want to get to work with your children so that they can enjoy them to the fullest. At the same time, they’ll benefit from all the advantages of doing them.

They improve coordination

Crafts for kids are creative activities that favor children’s motor coordination. Their movements are fine-tuned and this is great for improving their daily learning of other activities that require specific movements, such as brushing their teeth or tying their shoes.

A small child cutting carboard to make a craft.
Crafts are creative activities that children love. In addition, they allow them to learn abstract aspects almost without realizing it.

They refine motor skills

Taking into account the previous point, we must be aware that this type of activity helps children to improve their fine motor skills. We’re talking about cutting, gluing, folding paper, and painting on cardboard and then pouring glitter over it, to mention a few examples.

Stimulate social and emotional skills

When children create crafts, they feel more able to express themselves emotionally. This way, they can better verbalize their fears and their insecurities and express those emotions that perhaps in another context they wouldn’t be able to express.

For example, when choosing colors, painting a craft, or simply by the gestures they make while doing the work, you can glimpse the emotional state of children. In this case, it’s essential to know how to interpret these micro signals in order to find out if something is happening to them or not.

By improving communication, children will adapt these new social and emotional skills almost without realizing it. Of course, the adult has a fundamental role in this, as they must do a good job of observation.

Promote concentration and attention

When children make crafts, their attention and concentration improve considerably. As they enjoy what they’re doing, it empowers them to be able to pay attention to instructions so that they can then reproduce them. Some children can stay focused for a few minutes, while others can do it for hours. It’ll depend on the motivation that the activity awakens in each child.

Arts and crafts increase self-esteem

When children do a craft and finish it, they feel great satisfaction. This is something that will undoubtedly help them to boost their self-esteem and to understand that they’re capable of achieving things if they put enough effort and determination into it.

A young girl concentrating on making an origami craft.
Sometimes, children have to start their work all over again to make the craft look the way they want it to. In this way, they improve persistence and learn to tolerate frustration.

Promotes frustration tolerance

Another one of the benefits of arts and crafts is that they can increase the confidence of reactive toddlers and can also improve frustration tolerance. In arts and crafts, as in any other aspect of life, things don’t always go right the first time. Therefore, they’re an ideal way to work on constancy, persistence, and tolerance of frustration.


When making crafts, children encourage their creativity. That way, they feel free, without limits, and capable of creating anything. The ability to create is known as creativity, and we must nurture this feeling with crafts because it will help them in the future in any area of life.

Let’s get to work!

Crafts also help children to work on creativity, patience, and perseverance. Also, the benefits of arts and crafts include improving conflict resolution, teamwork, and family and friendship bonds when making crafts with others.

As you can see, there are many benefits and advantages that the mere fact of making crafts presents. If you’ve never done them before with your children, it’s never too late to start! Find an activity that interests them, with accessible materials, get to work, and enjoy!

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • Bilbao, A. (2015) El cerebro del niño explicado a los padres. Editorial: Plataforma Actual

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.