Craft is part of major arts, making it a core of society because, without art, numbness will fill the world, due to the lack of aesthetic expression or ways to express oneself.
Craft is almost as old as mankind’s existence; from the early cavemen that made sticks and tools for survival yet craft is still of high prominence in this contemporary world.
Craft is a pivotal interest in children, with their curious minds, eager to play or form something from paper, brooms, and clay. This attraction displayed by children is crucial and supreme.
This skill should not just be taught verbally but also practically, because as research proves children learn more pictorially and practically.
A brief definition of crafts and its background in Nigeria
The word “craft” denotes a skill usually done with hands, therefore the colloquial name “handicrafts” refers to this craftsmanship as a skill without a machine.
Nigeria has been a remarkable hotspot home for this skill in ages past, with the prominent Nok sculptures, Esie stones, and Igbo-Ukwu bronze, still modern-day recognized.
The potent stance and pace in the art world we have set should not make us relaxed in exceeding precedent heights especially in children that gravitate towards such skills.
Examples of easy crafts for children
Papier-mâché or Collage
These are popular techniques that make use of simple materials like paper, glue, water, and cardboard to great playful and amusing objects (eg bowls and spoons) for paper-mâché and picturesque images in collages
This simple example is a good way of exposing children, to the aesthetic ways paper can become instead of writing and printing.
This is a great way also to use old newspapers, old exam papers, and old notes to use. In this way, one would be achieving both building and creating confidence in a child towards the craft world and also recycling of old papers.
Clay is not just idle as only soil on earth; it can also be diverse as a creative tool for molding, due to its sticky nature it is a fun tool to entice and rich creative growth in children.
Tie and Die
This is a common one that just involves a white cloth material and dye to create a unique style. This example helps children see simple process steps a cloth can transform from bland to exquisite.
Why is Practical Craft beneficial for learning?
Practicality or visual teaching not only accelerates the learning facility of a child but also builds talents within them, that they can be able to use soon.
The world is on the hunt for people with tremendous creativity, to make the world a sweeter and easeful home. When possible people pay to visit an art gallery or to listen to poetry.
The diverse and resourceful ways people have indulged in, in today’s world to make an income than the usual formal way (getting a job) is another valid benefit to not only help the child but also the country art outlook.
Practical Craft encouragement is important as often as it can come. Teachers and parents should avoid verbal teaching, therefore killing the inventiveness, talents, and curiosity to know of that child.
Finally, this skill should not be discouraged down when a child is seen practicing them. Most prominent men and women today are people curious enough to feed their curiosity by knowing. Therefore, they worked on their craft (music, literature, techs etc).
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