While many of us may cower away from digging out craft materials owing to the hassle and mess, experts say there is something to be said by putting some time aside, taking a big deep breath and diving in.
The advice is particularly relevant for parents dealing with young children this Easter long weekend and school holidays (How often do you hear "I'm bored, there's nothing to do"?).
Psychologist and parenting specialist Renee Mill says getting involved with a craft activity, even very simple ones, can take you away from the busy everyday routine and help you connect with your child - something that can benefit you both.
Some of the benefits, says Renee, are:
Time away from technology - good connection happens when there is eye contact. Bonding, love and affection are best displayed when there are no screens or other devices in the way.
Non-confrontational conversation - When you work cooperatively on a craft activity, the focus is on working together, both being contributors and respectful of each other's opinions. It sets the tone for collaboration in the future.
Creating confidence - confidence does not come from being praised. It comes from achieving something. When a child learns a new skill or finishes an activity, they develop feelings of mastery which increase confidence.
Mood enhancement - arts and crafts are good for lowering stress and lifting one's mood. When you create something, you release dopamine which is the "happy hormone". Therefore, spending time together doing an activity is great for mental wellness. When you are both happy and calm there is more space for loving moments.
Use of imagination - the imagination is a very powerful tool. With the advent of technology, children are not engaging their imagination as much. It is a good "muscle" to keep active for mental wellbeing.
Re-connecting with your own inner child - as adults we often take life too seriously. It can feel like life is all about paying the bills, getting the kids to appointments and daily chores. When you take time out for creative play, you step out into another dimension for a while and it relieves those burdensome feelings. It also is an opportunity to be mindful and in the moment.
Also, it is a reminder not to take life so seriously all the time.