Improve patience, eye-hand coordination ... You cannot imagine the amount of benefits that knitting has for children. Don't think of it as a 'grandmother's' task. Knitting is no longer exclusive to older people. Many parents use this activity as a great anti-stress therapy.
We explain why you should teach your child to knit. After an interview with Professor Lauren Drake, who decided to include sewing needles in their class to collaborate with a charitable cause, we have gathered the 7 benefits of knitting for children. Here you are.
1. They work patience: In the beginning knitting helps to be patient. After learning the basics, it becomes very relaxing, meditative, and easy. Improves children's patience in two ways:
- In the first place, when children are starting there is always something that goes wrong, which in many cases forces them to start over, even on several occasions. However, projects are often interesting and children are motivated enough to overcome these difficulties, which translates into improved patience.
- And Secondly, it takes a long time to make a piece, in such a way that when children see their finished garment after several hours of work their patience is rewarded.
2. Helps improve relationships with other children: There is a social component, as more advanced knitters can help beginners and you can chat quietly as you knit. Between friends, they can be taught, and they can knit together. It is also a good idea to have close relatives teach the child to knit. An ideal way to strengthen the bond.
3. Improve creativity: Knitting inspires a lot of creativity, because children can not only choose the piece they want to knit (hat, scarf etc.), but also choose the wool and the types of stitches.
4. Achievement achievement: Children feel great satisfaction watching their garment grow and also great satisfaction seeing that they have created something themselves. In addition, they can give what they knit to someone from their family, friends or donate it to a charitable cause.
5. Develop motor skills: Knitting helps to develop motor skills, especially fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
6. It's good for math: It is an activity that also helps with mathematics, since children have to count the points they make and follow patterns.
7. Improves concentration: It helps to be focused on the present and have your attention focused on not losing the stitches and weaving the thread correctly.
Professor Lauren Drake decided to take advantage of recess and begin teaching high school students how to knit who voluntarily wanted to collaborate with an NGO (KnitAid) that sends clothes to refugee camps around the world. But it is an activity that much younger children can benefit from. In fact, she taught her 8 year old cousin knitting and had no problem. There are even children who have been interested in crochet since they were 6 or 7 years old.
Also, knit it also transmits values to children. At the classroom level, it transmits values because students have the opportunity to help each other and weave something collaboratively. Outside of the classroom, knitted pieces can be donated, or you can try your child to knit to give clothes to loved ones. You inspire in him in this way gratitude and kindness.
Source: Interview with Lauren Drake, Professor of the International Baccalaureate in the educational group Brains International School and head of the Knit Aid project
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