Health Benefits of DIY Art Projects for Kids with Chronic Illnesses
There’s nothing like creating something unique, especially as a kid! Whether it’s a gift for mom and dad, or 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 are 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 significant health benefits of DIY art projects for kids with chronic health conditions…
EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF DIY ART PROJECTS FOR KIDS:
EMOTIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS
- Reduces stress
- Boosts social skills
- Boosts problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Encourages self-expression
- Fosters self-esteem
- Promotes creativity and encourages creative thinking
PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS
- Reduces stress hormone and inflammation levels for better immune system function
- Boosts brain function
- Visual art activities promote fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- Improves dexterity
MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS
- Boosts moods and increases happiness
- Helps kids focus
- Reduces anxiety, depression
- Aids in processing negative emotions and trauma
Need some DIY inspiration? Check out these resources:
- 5 Easy and Fun Recycled Crafts for Kids
- 10 Easy Crafts for Kids with Motor Disabilities
- 60+ DIY Kids Crafts You Can Make In Under An Hour
- 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).
How has art benefitted you or your child? Have favorite DIY art projects for kids, or an Adaptive Art resource 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
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.