Knitting is an excellent activity that comes with many benefits for adults and children alike. If you and your children are crafty, or want to be, and are looking for new ways to pass time, knitting should definitely be on the top of your list! We have listed a few benefits of knitting for children below:
1) Math! Math! Math!
Math is an inherent part of knitting as patterns usually include counting, skip counting, multiplication, division, subtraction, addition, etc. It helps in understanding both basic and complicated math.
2) Improves reading and analyzing
Knitting requires reading and understanding a pattern/instructions. It also enhances reasoning and visualization skills to make the finished product.
3) Nurtures problem-solving skills
While knitting, mistakes happen very often and they are a great opportunity to look back at how the error occurred and figure out how to fix it. Not to forget, this will also make you and your kids more patient.
4) Develops fine motor skills
Knitting, a craft done with both hands, helps children develop an essential skill that connects the right and left brain. This skill is required for overall coordination and everyday errands like writing, putting on socks or hitting a ball with a bat.
5) Boosts Creativity
There is so much that can be made and done with knitting! From choosing the colours to patterns and then customizing the patterns as per your needs, there is endless scope in knitting.
6) Gives a sense of achievement
Since knitting includes a finished product that your child can use or wear (or gift to somebody), it has its own built-in reward system that boosts self-esteem and self-confidence.
Knitting is a purposeful and tactile way to improve all of the above skills and abilities and that in itself is priceless!