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Children And Model Kits
Children have to be taught all the skills they will need as they grow older and become independent. Parents are the most influential teachers for this very important job. The key to teaching children the skills they need is providing plenty of hands-on experience.
Many children learn much faster and pay more attention when they participate in the activity. Whether it is a musical toy for a baby or a model kit for an older child, these will help to develop the skills they need. See below how model kits can help children develop certain vital skills.
Developing Motor Skills with Model Kits
Motor skills are the ability to perform complex muscle and nerve acts that produce movement. This is learned in early childhood unless it is affected by a disability.
There are two types of motor skills. Gross motor skills relate to arms, body, and legs. These skills can be developed by toys that encourage your child to kick, move, run, jump, or throw. Fine motor skills relate to movements like reaching or pulling. These skills are taught by letting the child use eating utensils, brush his teeth, or hold a pencil.
Now think about all the toys that are in your child's room and determine how they can be used to develop your child's motor skills. A model kit can help build motor skills as well. Putting together a model car, airplane, or train requires working with the hands to do tedious work. Your child will have to work with their mind and hands simultaneously to get the parts together. They'll have to coordinate the tiny parts, tools, accessories, and paints needed to complete the project. Plus, a good model kit and everything you need to complete it has about the same price tag as the Dell laptop deals that you see advertised online, so you won't be breaking the bank.
Building Confidence with Model Kits
As children grow older, they need to feel confident about certain tasks they are asked to do. In order to have this confidence, they will need some skill-building activities such as putting together a model car, model airplane, or model train.
You can teach these skills to your child by working on projects such as model kits with them. You must also be familiar with the activity, so study with your child to learn how to do it. Just remember, a lot of the fun comes from learning and overcoming challenges together. It will be quality time spent together. Always praise your child for their finished project, even if it's not perfect.
When your child completes a model car, they will be proud of what they have accomplished. They can display it for all to see.
Creativity is being able to create a new idea using the imagination. In order to understand a child's creativity, you must be able to distinguish creativity from intelligence and talent.
You can encourage your child to be creative by allowing them to explore and play without restraints, accepting unusual ideas from them, and allowing the child time to explore new possibilities. When building a model, your child will think of creative ways to paint and detail it. They can choose their own colors and designs to create their own little masterpiece.
Teach Patience with Model Cars
Patience is something we all need every day of our lives. This is the ability to wait without getting upset. Children should be taught patience because it is essential in developing relationships, social skills, and especially in having success at school.
Have your child get involved in slow-paced activities such as putting together a large puzzle or building something that takes more than a day such as assembling a model kit. Building a model will help the child develop patience as they assemble all the tiny parts. They must put the model together slowly and carefully to get it right. A child that develops patience will be able to interact well with friends and loved ones.
A very important life skill is following directions. Children should be taught that things will be much better at home and school if they learn to follow directions. Crafts and building things such as model kits are activities that will help the child learn to follow directions to complete a difficult task. For instance, model kits come with instructions that will show your child from start to finish how to assemble the model. If they follow the instructions, they'll be rewarded with success.
Once your child has developed these skills and completed a difficult task such as putting together a model, you need to let them know as often as you can how proud you are of them. This will help the child realize they did a good job, making them proud and giving them the self-esteem they so deserve.
Just remember, you can help by getting your child involved in a hobby that would be of interest to them. Model kits would be a great choice since it would involve the skills of creativity, patience, and following directions. Here is something the two of you could do together. Have fun.