If teens spend a lot of time playing video games and watching television, you may want to suggest they try crafting. It’s a great way for teens to express their artistic side and create something original. Many libraries and youth centers offer crafting. If yours doesn’t, go to your library or bookstore and get a book on crafting. Who knows, your teen could start their own business by selling their crafts. It’s a great way to teach them leadership, responsibility, and how to run a business.
Teens Get Creative and Relax with Crafting
Crafting is a great way to keep teens off of the streets. Libraries, youth and recreation centers often offer crafting for a small fee; some don’t charge a fee. It’s a good way for teens to express themselves and to relax. Middle and high school isn’t what it used to be. It’s very stressful and crafting is a good way for teens to unwind from an exhausting day of school.
If your teens have trouble making friends, crafting can bridge that gap. When they attend crafting programs, they’ll meet other teens who are also interested in crafting. This is a great way for them to bond with one another. They’ll learn how to interact with other teens and exercise their social skills as well as increase them. Who knows, they could find lifelong friends which is a good thing.
The best aspect of crafting is teens don’t have to be highly creative. Remember, art is objective. Teens put their artistic spin on craft projects. No one tells them what colors, patterns, or textures to use. Their creations are totally up to them. They’ll feel good knowing they’ve created something original that can’t be found in any retail store. It’s also a way for them to set themselves apart from their peers. Not all teens enjoy crafting. It could look good on a college/university application.
Teens can give crafts to family and friends as gifts. They learn that the best gifts come from the heart. They can also provide crafts to local children’s hospitals and senior centers. It’s a way for them to give back to the community and brighten someone’s day. They’ll learn that being charitable feels good and is appreciated. By giving back to the community, teens also learn that the world doesn’t revolve around them. They’ll realize there are other people in the world besides them. It softens the “it’s all about me” mentality that some teens have been raised with.
Crafts For Teens
- Memory boards
- Birdhouses out of Popsicle sticks
- Cloth and vinyl totes
- Picture frame
- Note cards
- Switch plate
- CD clock
- Sun catchers
- Tie die t-shirt
Crafting is a great way for teens to kick back and relax. They can allow their troubles to melt away for a couple of hours. They may even find solutions to their problems while crafting. If teens are entrepreneurial, they can sell their crafts on their own website or websites such as Etsy.com. Believe it or not, crafting is fashionable among teens. It allows them to create something on their own without anyone telling them what to do. Their creations are entirely up to them. Parents, visit your local recreation and youth centers and libraries to see what types of crafting programs they offer. If they don’t offer any, perhaps you can start a crafting group for teens out of your home. Teens will enjoy crafting because it’s another form of self-expression. Who knows, you may learn more about your teens through their craft projects.