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Sharon Butterworth enjoys rushing in where most of us fear to tread.

A veteran of the child care sector, she juggles working in a busy creche where part of her duties include running an active program for two to five-year-olds in a leisure centre facility alongside her part time job as a presenter with Crocodile Encounters.

Armed with a strong art and craft background, Butterworth believes drawing and painting to be an essential part of child care.

She says not only does it encourage and fosters many skills necessary for a child’s development, it can also be used to help children further develop their fine motor skills, as well as stimulate their senses.

“Children can use art to express emotions and boost self-confidence, learn about colours and textures and most of all, they can have fun. Rainy day craft days can be a real-life saver for both parents and children as working on craft projects can relieve boredom and be used as a bonding time and it can be a great de-stresser for all parties.”

Butterworth’s favourite projects include:

Butterworth says contrary to popular opinion getting together a few items to use for art and craft – including blocks of canvas, acrylic paints, paintbrushes, crayons, pencils and glue – need not be an expensive process.

Aside from basic items found around the house, there are a lot of haberdashery and discount stores which provide great quality art and craft materials at an affordable cost, she says.

“Basic items found around the house can become part of exciting craft projects. Toilet roll and kitchen roll insides, egg cartons, cardboard boxes, old clothes, pegs, bottle tops and paper plates are just a few things that can transform into wild animals puppets or even a bit of abstract art.”

Butterworth recommends looking at Kidspot, The Canvas Factory and Happiness is Homemade for further inspiration on further ways to allow kids to get creative.

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