Well, you are not alone. As parents, we all struggle with these same issues. Here at Nearly Crafty, we believe that we were born with opposable thumbs for a reason, and it’s not so that we can text faster!
Excessive screen time has been linked to lower scores on thinking and language tests, increasing obesity, disrupting sleep, eye strain, poor posture and headaches. It has also been shown to be addictive. In one study, teenagers’ brain activity was monitored as they viewed their Instagram feed.
It was found that this activity triggered the reward system in their brains and stimulated the release of dopamine, a brain chemical involved in cravings and desire. It can also increase anxiety and depression in young adults.
On the other hand, allowing kids to be creative is an important part of their development. There are so many positive benefits when kids create something with their hands:
It is true, that handmade self-expression actually increases brain activity.
The process of stimulating this cortex creates connections between different parts of the brain. Intelligence is believed to be more to do with the number of connections within a brain rather than its size. Hence, the more you craft and create, the more connections you foster and – you guessed it – the smarter you’ll be!
Teaching children to craft and create art is an excellent way to boost those brain connections from a young age.
Crafting is literally a way to exercise your brain.
Taking the time to make something special, personal and handmade means a great deal. Craft projects, scrapbooks, quilts, handmade cards, handcrafted jewelry, and journals connect us to loved ones in the present, bind us to our past and create heirlooms for future generations. Many of these items will be around long after we are gone.
Scrapbooks, for example, become beautiful time capsules for our children, parents or friends in future years.
Joy comes in the process of learning, discovery, failure, and success. The opportunity to design and create as a family will be better for your relationships, your health, and your happiness. It's time to turn off the TV, put down your phone, step away from the computer and create.
Nearly Crafty is here to help you bring back quality, engaging, creative and fun family time!
If you refuse to give up on prying your children away from their screens and are looking for a way to maximize the payoff of your relentless, instinctual and sacrificial hard work that you put forth for your children every day, then you are in the right place:
We offer a focused organized recipe box of projects for kids 6 - 13
All of the projects have links to purchase all the supplies needed and have them delivered right to your door so when the weekend comes, you’re ready to have some fun
We’ve done the legwork for you… we’ve hunted for the lowest prices on all the supplies we list
We have a wide range of project types from sewing to painting to building that are fun and exciting and relevant to your 21st century kids