There are a lot of traditional mediums like painting and sculpture, but art can be expressed in a lot more forms. There are newer forms of art like animation, which can be enjoyed and appreciated even by small kids. I believe that both mediums are good ways to express one’s self, and our children can develop creativity with a healthy dose of both.
Art is, or at least should be, a big part of everybody’s life. It expands creativity and critical thinking, and let’s be honest, it’s fun! Unfortunately a lot of kids don’t get the opportunity to do a lot of creative art work during their childhood years. This is where craft activities come in handy.
Cross stitching seems to have evolved from older needlework and embroidery styles. Embroidery involves freehand stitching on a fabric without squares, while both needlework and cross stitch use fabric with holes in it. The difference is that needlework fills up the whole fabric with stitching, while cross stitch often only uses part of the fabric to highlight a design.
I think that few people outside of education realize how important arts and crafts activities for kids are. You see, education isn’t just about teaching a collection of facts. Education is about teaching an attitude towards the world. You need to teach kids to investigate, to create, and to synthesize their knowledge with previous knowledge and ideas. Arts and crafts ideas allow kids to interact with their learning environment, creating something more true and real than just a selection of facts.
Martha Stewart has made her field on educating people the fun of crafts. The truth is that there are so many things of crafts out there that entire megastores just like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby which are offered to support the consumer along with all of the materials that they would probably need to try any type of craft.