Potential Health Benefits of DIY Art Projects for Kids with Chronic Illnesses

 In Art, Inspiration, Lifestyle

There’s nothing like creating something unique, especially as a kid! Whether it’s a gift for mom and dad, or simply a fun art project, DIY projects allow kids to express themselves through creativity. They can be quite cost-effective for parents and guardians who are looking to provide fun activities. In addition to being enjoyable for kids, did you know that there may be numerous health benefits of DIY art projects for kids?!

Self-expression is an important part of children’s development, and while artistic expression is beneficial for all children, it can be invaluable for children with differing abilities and for kids impacted by childhood chronic illness. Many children with chronic health conditions feel isolated and left out of mainstream activities due to deficient immune systems, ongoing treatments and procedures, or missed time at school. DIY projects provide kids with enriching experiences and allow them to gain valuable skills in an activity of their choice.

Let’s take a look at just a few potential health benefits of DIY art projects for kids with chronic health conditions…

POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF DIY ART PROJECTS FOR KIDS:

POTENTIAL EMOTIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS

  • May reduce stress
  • May boost social skills
  • May boost problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • May encourage self-expression
  • May foster self-esteem
  • May promote creativity and encourages creative thinking

POTENTIAL PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS

  • May reduce stress hormone and inflammation levels for better immune system function
  • May boost brain function
  • Visual art activities may promote fine motor skills
  • May improve hand-eye coordination
  • May improve dexterity

POTENTIAL MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS

  • May boost mood and increase happiness
  • May help kids focus
  • May reduce anxiety, depression
  • May aid in processing negative emotions and trauma

Resources:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160615134946.htm

https://www.aaas.org/news/how-engaging-art-affects-human-brain

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1626296/

https://nearsay.com/c/399359/333855/how-the-arts-will-teach-your-children-creative-problem-solving-skills

https://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/ArtsInHealthcare_0.pdf

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/230828089_How_children_use_drawing_to_regulate_their_emotions

Need some DIY inspiration? Check out these resources:

  1. 5 Easy and Fun Recycled Crafts for Kids
  2. 10 Easy Crafts for Kids with Motor Disabilities
  3. 60+ DIY Kids Crafts You Can Make In Under An Hour
  4. Art Lessons for Children with Developmental Disabilities (Adaptive Art Tips and Tools)

DIY Art in Action at CoachArt

CoachArt is a nonprofit organization that offers free one-on-one and group lessons in arts and athletics to chronically ill children and their siblings. CoachArt students in the Los Angeles area are currently creating a new DIY art project every week in CoachArt’s DIY Art Club. Our DIY projects for this club include cotton candy confetti slime, llama piñatas (featured below), and tie-dye drawstring backpacks (featured below).

CoachArt DIY Club in Los Angeles

Have favorite DIY art projects for kids to share? We’d love to hear from you. Please share your experience with us in the comments.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS

Give a "virtual high five" on National High Five Day (Thursday, April 19th), and $5 will be donated to CoachArt!Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.

CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.

WAYS TO HELP

Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.

Learn how you can get involved with CoachArt to help kids impacted by chronic illness. Visit coachart.org/get-involved.

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