Every child is a powerhouse of potential and latent talent, and the key to unlocking it is not just academic learning but overall and wholesome development. It is known that children who engage in arts and crafts grow up to be well-rounded performers. Every child is born with innate potential, and it is up to parents and teachers to unleash this potential so that the child can achieve his/her best in life. Embroidery is one such creative and stimulating activity that facilitates children’s all-round growth and development from an early age .It enhances three key faculties in children: cognitive, creative, and motor.
Children who engage in thread craft activities on a regular basis:
- Embroidery is a fine craft, requiring constant hand-eye coordination and repetitive hand movements. As such, it helps improve children’s cognitive and motor abilities by developing their visual, manual, and mental dexterity.
- Due to the ambidextrous nature of embroidery, children develop lateral thinking abilities.
- Starting and completing an embroidery project requires planning and organization of materials and time, which enables children to acquire the critical skills of time and resource planning and management – a much-needed quality in today’s competitive world.
- Learning embroidery and rectifying mistakes enhances problem-solving and decision-making capabilities in children.
- In the world of instant gratification, embroidery teaches children that activities done with patience and discipline can be greatly rewarding. Children gain a sense of pride and confidence from being recognized for accomplishing a skill-based task like embroidery.
- Embroidery is also an artistic activity, and helps develop children’s understanding of art, design, patterns, and colors.
- Children involved in embroidery develop social skills as well, as they interact and share ideas with other children or their craft teachers.
- Embroidery develops children’s creativity and ingenuity, giving them the confidence to tackle other do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.
The best part? The skills and abilities developed in children because of embroidery transfer to other areas of life, regardless of gender. Scientific studies have shown that children involved in thread craft are more likely to be academic achievers, to participate in extracurricular activities, to be avid readers, and to perform community service. I
In short, indulging in embroidery brings about the all-round and enhanced development of the child.