3/16/2011 | DIY/Creative Ideas, Education

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Spirit Of Wonder Wednesday – Benefits Of Crafting

Please Note: This post is courtesy of the National Craft and Hobby Association. Crafters can find a variety of products to help create their crafts in the Pentel Arts catalog. Templates and other ideas for crafting can be found on the Pentel Arts website.

This week in National Craft Month, I thought I’d share some of the very cool benefits of crafting…

March is National Craft Month
According to the Craft & Hobby Association’s U.S. Attitude & Usage Study, there are eight key benefits or motivational driving factors behind active crafters:

1. Sense of Accomplishment

2. Relaxation

3. Memory Keeping

4. Health

5. Economy/Value

6. Recommended by Friends or Family

7. Enables Spending Time with Others

8. Interaction with Children

Additionally, crafting reduces stress, builds self-esteem and increases physical dexterity and studies from NYU and Harvard have shown that activities ranging from scrapbooking to knitting can actually improve concentration, while enhancing health and mental wellness. With eight key benefits of crafting it’s no wonder why crafters have been active for centuries knitting, sewing, quilting, drawing, painting, woodworking, and more recently scrapbooking, food crafting, and creating digital and hybrid crafts. So take some time out this month to (re)discover your creative side and craft. For craft projects and inspiration, or to find a craft retailer near you, please go to www.craftplace.org.

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