Published on June 13th, 2014 | by James Smythe0
Crafting With Technology: Learn While You Craft
Along with the traditionally popular craft activities of painting, jewellery making, sewing and scrapbooking, all available from Homecrafts, there are now a number of activities used as a starting point for getting children involved with digital making. As technology constantly evolves, it’s a good idea to get children learning how it all works at a young age, especially by incorporating it into some of their favourite activities. With materials such as LEDs, threads and motors, children are now able to make their craft designs move and light up.
New wiring options, including conductive paint and conductive threads, now make it possible to incorporate electronics into craft projects. With the addition of batteries, LED lights, a snap or a basic switch, we are able to make our everyday crafts come to life! From soft toys and Christmas decorations to clothes and accessories, there is a variety of exciting things you can make.
Maker Fun is a great example of combining craft with technology. Jo Claessens, who runs Maker Fun, set the blog up to help develop a child’s design and invention skills. She believes that digital making is a great way of getting kids and families into science and technology, learning new skills and having fun. Some of her inventions have included Light-Up Pencil Cases, Vibrating Glitter Bugs and Bird Bots!
From an early age, children are always fascinated by the movement and lights of objects, and as they grow older, parents and teachers can foster this curiosity through the use of basic electronics and crafts. Children are then able to learn more about movement, force, resistance and other concepts, which will help them throughout their lives.
Getting children involved with arts and crafts at an early age has many great benefits. Not only is it a good way for children to have fun and interact with others, it allows them to be creative and can also have a significant impact on life skills. According to Live Strong, a youngster builds problem-solving skills, fine motor skills and even social skills as they work with artistic media. The process of making their own creations and noticing other people’s creations allows them to accept their own abilities and appreciate everyone else’s strengths.
Craft activities also encourage children to use their imagination and create their own form of entertainment. Having made something by themselves, without the aid of a parent, fills them with confidence and gives them the ability to make individual decisions. It is also extremely effective at testing their patience. They will soon learn that rushing the activity won’t always produce the best results and they need to be patient in order to create the desired task.
It is clear that children gain many important developmental skills when they work with arts and crafts projects, and by introducing electronic components they can benefit further. Another great thing about this pastime is that it can be enjoyed with all the family, in the comfort of your own home.