Anxiety in children has doubled since the pandemic, a tangible solution to help mitigate the adverse effects of COVID-19 on youth is working with children and families to implement consistent and predictable routines around schoolwork, sleep, screen use, physical activity and creative, mindful activities.
Below you will see three key factors for how creativity can help a child’s well-being.
Reduces stress – studies show that both creating and observing art can reduce cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’. Doing something you love also releases endorphins – feel-good chemicals that combat stress and reduce pain.
Builds self-esteem – Drawing provides a challenge and every time a child draws, they are building skills. It is an activity with a tangible result and the more they practice, the more they can see improvement and feel a sense of achievement.
Creates a healthy state of mind – Studies show a significant improvement in psychological resilience as well as increased levels of functional connectivity in the parts of the brain responsible for introspection, self-monitoring and memory.
With this in mind, Keepsakes by Rebecca have come up with a step by step guide to drawing a reindeer, once children gain the confidence that they CAN draw, they will continue to develop their skills and who knows where those skills and their increased confidence can take them. Print these sheets and see your child’s confidence shine.
We hope your child has great fun creating their reindeers!