5 Reasons Why Arts & Crafts Are Crucial For Early Development

Dinosaurs and unicorns are alive. Superheroes and insects work together to fight evil. Yep, you heard that right! Welcome to the world of arts and crafts – a magical world where children can put on their capes of creativity and curiosity, unlocking the secrets of their own potential. Arts and Crafts are the forefront of development and growth in young children. From open-ended creative expression to cognitive enhancement, arts and crafts truly impact young minds more than we might expect. Let’s explore five benefits that arts and crafts unlock.

Fine Motor Skill Development

Painting, drawing, cutting, and pasting may seem like simple, mundane activities, but they play a crucial role in developing fine motor skills. These activities require precise movements and coordination, which help children refine their hand-eye coordination and dexterity. As they work with various art mediums, they strengthen their muscles in their hands and fingers, laying the groundwork for future tasks like writing. Take a look at one of our new products that aids fine motor skill development in a big way:

Imagination and Creativity

One of the most significant benefits of arts and crafts learning is gaining the ability to ignite and nurture imagination from a creative point of view. Whether it’s molding clay into mythical creatures or using craft sticks to tell stories of ancient kings and queens, crafts encourage children to think out of the box and explore their creative abilities. This freedom sets children on a trajectory for future success in creative roles and professions. Here is our recommendation for products that enhance imagination and creativity:

Cognitive Development

Engaging in arts and crafts activities stimulates various cognitive functions in children. As children explore possibilities through color, they engage in a wide range of cognitive processes from selecting hues to blending shades to recalling memories evoked by colors. These cognitive processes are not limited to the realm of colors alone; they extend to activities like building structures with blocks or piecing together puzzles, where children combine spatial reasoning and critical thinking together to bring their ideas to life. Through these immersive experiences, children not only develop their artistic abilities but also strengthen essential cognitive functions, laying a solid foundation for lifelong learning and growth.

 Expression and Communication

Not only do arts and crafts provide children with freedom of creative expression, but they also provide a non-verbal outlet through self-expression. By exploring colors, shapes, and textures, they can convert their feelings, thoughts, and experiences into expressions. This form of artistic expression is especially beneficial for those who may find it hard to communicate their feelings verbally. By engaging in creative activities, children learn to express themselves in alternative ways, fostering emotional intelligence and communication skills. Art can also serve as a calming and therapeutic activity, helping children manage stress and anxiety. The process of creating art allows them to channel their feelings constructively and develop resilience when facing challenging situations.

Social Skills and Collaboration

Learning how to work with others is a crucial developmental skill that will be used throughout a lifetime. In fact, more that 50% of people say their jobs require collaboration with one another and 75% of employees rate team work as being crucial in the workplace. Arts and crafts often involve collaboration and social interaction, whether it’s contributing to a group project or sharing ideas and materials with peers. These interactions teach children key social skills like sharing, voicing your opinion, taking turns, and cooperating towards a common goal. They learn to respect diverse perspectives, communicate effectively, and work as part of a team, which are essential skills for navigating social relationships in the future.

Incorporating arts and crafts at an early age is more than just a recreational activity – it’s a powerful tool for holistic development. From honing in on fine motor skills and cognitive development to gaining emotional intelligence and social competence, the benefits are far-reaching and long-lasting. By providing opportunities for creative expression and exploration, we empower children to unlock their full potential and become confident and independent individuals. Let’s nurture their creativity, one masterpiece at a time!

Our What’s Inside Me Doll won a 2017 Independent Toy Awards Commendation!

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Toy Shop UK is celebrating our R59257 What’s Inside Me Doll!

From the UK Toy Industry Awards website:

About the awards
Our awards enjoy unrivalled respect within the toy industry, thanks to being voted for – not by “experts”, “testers” or “panels” – but by those at the sharpest end of the industry… the nation’s independent toy retailers.

We are uniquely positioned to host such awards, thanks to our ever-growing network of over 900 independent toy retailers that list themselves on this website for free.

Thanks to the wholly democratic entry and voting process, the typically eclectic list of winners is made up of all kinds of companies… from household name behemoths to fledgling start-ups.

See the original post here! Images and original post © Toy Shop UK

We are so proud that our cuddly doll has been recognized! To help celebrate, this post expands on the different organs included with our What’s Inside Me Doll.


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Do you want to be a doctor someday? Well then this is the place to start! Unbutton the flaps on your doll and explore! What are the names of the different organs? What do they do? Once you have taken out all the organs try putting them back in the right places. You probably know what shape a Valentine heart is. Is it the same shape as a human heart? Name the shapes of all the organs! Why is it important to know the different organs? Well… Organs help make our bodies work properly and are parts of the different systems that keep our bodies working. Systems all do different tasks in the body and they work together to keep us healthy. It is very important for doctors to know what the organs in the body are called and what they do. That way if something isn’t working properly they can figure out how to fix it. Doctors are the experts on the human body!


The heart is the organ that is responsible for pumping blood through your body. Did you know the heart is a muscle? You have probably felt your heart beat faster after running. That means your heart got a workout as well as your legs! Your heart is part of you cardiovascular system. Doctors who study the heart are called Cardiologists. When you go see a doctor they will usually listen to your heart beating with a special tool called a stethoscope. The heart has four chambers in it. The top two are called the atria. The bottom two are called ventricles. They help your heart pump blood by contracting and expanding to move blood through it. If you squeeze the doll’s heart, you will hear the sounds of a heartbeat!


The Stomach is the organ that helps you digest your food. That means it breaks down your food into nutrients that your body uses to give you energy! The stomach is part of your digestive system. Doctors who study your stomach and digestive system are called gastroenterologists. Did you know that your stomach is comfortable when you have a liter of food in it? Your stomach uses acids to break down your food. Why doesn’t the acid break your stomach down? Because the stomach makes a protective layer of mucus that stops the acid from digesting it. If you squeeze the doll’s stomach you will hear a gurgling noise!


Your Intestines are part of your Excretory system. Did you know that there are two types of intestines? You have a large intestine and a small intestine. The small intestine is about 3cm in diameter and can be between 15 and 32 feet! The large intestine is about 5 feet long. That makes it shorter than the small intestine! Your intestines break down the nutrients in your food even more. They reabsorb any water that is still in the fecal matter before the waste is eliminated. If something is wrong with your intestines you call you gastroenterologist to fix it!


The lungs are the organ that let you breathe. They are part of the respiratory system. Respiratory comes from the word respiration which is the scientific word for breathing. Doctors who study lungs are called pulmonologists. Humans have a right lung and a left lung connected by the bronchial tubes. Did you know your right lung is bigger than your left lung? This is because the left lung has to share space with your heart. Doctors can hear your lungs by using a stethoscope! If you squeeze the doll’s lungs, you will hear the sound of breathing!

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The bladder is the organ that stores your urine until you have to use the bathroom. The bladder is connected to your two kidneys by two tubes called the ureters. Working together these three organs are a part of the Urinary (or Renal) system. The kidneys remove waste and extra water from your body. There are two kinds of doctors who study the Urinary system: Nephrologists and Urologists.


The liver is an organ that does lots of different things! The liver is part of your digestive system and it produces bile. Bile is a liquid that helps break down food. Your liver is responsible for cleaning your blood. This means your liver stores the nutrients your body can use and sends what your body can’t use to your intestines and bladder to be expelled when you use the bathroom. Just like doctors who study your stomach a doctor who studies the liver is called a gastroenterologist!


Your brain is the organ that lets you think and feel. It controls and is a part of your nervous system. You may have heard people say that your brain is a muscle. Your brain is made of different kinds of cells than your muscles, so while the brain isn’t really a muscle, you DO have to practice thinking to be good at it, just like you have to practice running to be good at it. Your brain is responsible for your five basic senses, your ability to talk and understand language and to feel emotions. Your brain is protected by your skull. Doctors who study the brain and nervous system are called neurologists.

Your skull, spine and rib cage are also organs! Bones make up your skeletal system. The skeletal system is what gives your body the structure to allow you to stand or sit upright. Your spine helps you stand up. It is made from many little bones called vertebrae. Your rib cage protects your heart and lungs from damage. Did you know you have 206 bones in your body? If you ever break a bone, the doctor who can fix it is called an Orthopedic doctor.


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This post was not sponsored for a review. At LittleFingersBigArt, our mission is to present to our readers and viewers the newest and most creative craft ideas that fans of Roylco have made on their own. Our goal is to allow you and other educators and parents to reuse our products in fun ways so that children always get the best educational experience from them!

We’d love to see more ideas like this one! If you’ve got a brilliant craft idea or have made a version of one of our crafts that you would like to share with us, send an email to us with photos, descriptions or a link to your work. We will create a feature post and link back to you with full credit. Contact us through the contact form for more details. We’d love to hear from you!



Thank You Art Campers!

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Thank you to all our wonderful art campers who participated in our 2014 Art Camp! We had a blast!


Although it was unusually cold for the middle of summer, we did lots of activities that kept us up on our feet and moving about. The kids not only took part, they engaged fully with each other and made the best of friends!


We had some silly moments…


…some sneaky moments…


…and some out-of-the-box moments!


All of these moments brought about a willingness to explore with new materials and develop artistic ability using fine and gross motor skills!

We’ve put together a gallery of faces featuring our lovely campers. Thanks again for all the great memories and we hope to see you soon!



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Guest Post: Kristen from Twins at Play and the Educational Light Cube!


Kristen from Twins at Play has written up a wonderful guest post about her twins learning and playing on the Educational Light Cube! Check out her brief overview of all the things you can do with the cube. 

Please visit Kristen’s blog at Twins at Play and see more great ideas for light table play! To view this particular post in its entirety, please visit the link HERE!

Exploring colors on the Educational Light Cube is a lot of fun. My twins have really enjoyed setting up items on The Educational Light Cube and then using the remote to change the color and see how everything looks in the different shades.


They also enjoy choosing items that are all of one color and setting up an activity that is based on a certain shade that the Educational Light Cube makes. I love how the great variety of colors that it can change to. The color options really are quite fantastic! The Educational Light Cube really does stand apart from any other light play source.


With the adaptability to move to any location and operate without any batteries or cords, it really makes the possibilities of it’s use endless! You just need to have it all charged up overnight and it will be ready for use! You could potentially organize a light play themed children’s birthday party and have it set up with a variety of translucent building toys and sensory materials. The lovely glow of the Educational Light Cube really does draw in and fascinate children of all ages.


The Educational Light Cube makes an excellent rainy day or sick day play item as well. With it’s ability to make play so magical, boredom is seldom an issue. You can find items from all over your home to place on the Educational Light Cube. You can also pick up items from Michaels craft store and the Dollar Tree. You would mainly want to collect items that are translucent, but colorful.  Most retail stores and educational stores have items throughout their store that could potentially be light table materials.


There are any companies that make toys that are meant specifically to be played with on a light source, or in sunlight. However there are so many everyday household items that work brilliantly as well. There are really no limits, as long as you use safe materials. You can find many items at the Roylco store online, check it out HERE.

Find the Light Cube and accessory pack with removable messy play trays HERE.

Thank you to Kristen for this awesome post!

Images and text © Kristen from Twins at Play


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Thank You 2013 Art Camp Kids!

Group ShotToday’s post is a little bit different than our regular series of posts! The folks at Roylco enjoyed a fantastic summer art camp in 2013 thanks to our brilliant art campers. Using our classroom materials, the group completed a variety of amazing projects. We would like to say, “Thank you!” to all of our campers and showcase some of our favorite moments from the camp!

drawing, coloring, all about meGetting to capture smiles like this was definitely one of our favorite moments. Using our “All About Me” products, our art campers were able to express the best of their own creativity with representations of themselves!

color diffusing, straws and connectors, architecture paperThese were some of our favorite moments: getting to see the Art Campers working together and having fun while learning new concepts. The kids learned a variety of skills, everything from building, stacking, painting, gluing, molding, sorting and more!

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The best was when we let the campers take their own initiatives with their crafts. Let’s have an animal foot race! Or, let’s find a good place to hang our stained glass frames. It’s an endless lesson in fun and excitement.

art campWe had wonderful hot summer days to enjoy our good company! That, combined with good spirits and creativity turned our summer art camp experience into a dream.

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We all loved to pose for photos with our new friends!

Kids NamesWe have to give a shout-out to our best buds at the 2013 Art Camp! Everyone did an amazing job and had a blast together. Thank you so much, art campers!

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Little Fingers Big Art just received the Versatile Blogger Award!!


Thank you so much to our huge fan, OntheUpCycle, who just recently bestowed us with the Versatile Blogger Award! Learn more about the award HERE. You can check out her amazing projects at ontheupcycle.wordpress.com!

In order to receive the reward, LittleFingersBigArt must participate in the rules required by the status of this award. They are as follows:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your blog. CHECK!

2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you. CHECK!

3. Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award. SEE BELOW!

4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment. CHECK!

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself. CHECK!

I want to first honour several of our favorite bloggers with the Versatile Blogger Award. Please check out some of these incredible websites as they strive to give the best content and interact with their fellow bloggers with caring dedication.

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1. Squarehead Teachers

2. ArtwithMsK

3. CraftyStaci

4. PeaBea

5. Crafty Madre

6. Crafted in Carhartt

7. Franciful Arts

8. Make Something Mondays

9. Nerd in the Brain

10. Florence and Freddie

11. DaniellaJoe

12. Mummy of Many Talents

13. Craft and Repeat

14. 2 Craft and 2 Create

15. Crayon Box Chronicles

Now onto 7 interesting things about Little Fingers Big Art:

1. The creative folks at Roylco began this website exactly ONE YEAR ago! We’ve made it so far with the help of our favorite crafty fans who always make us feel like our work is worthwhile. Look forward to this week’s Birthday Post!! Check back for more details!

2. The content for Little Fingers Big Art is written in our Canadian office in Waterloo, Ontario. If you would like to get in touch with us about sponsoring for upcoming arts and crafts events, please drop us a line!

3. Here at Roylco, we have a huge manufacturing plant that assists us in keeping our products domestic, affordable and, above all, high quality.

4. This past year, Roylco hosted a 3 day Summer Art Camp for children ages 3-10. We had a blast with our little crafters who let their creativity shine with our versatile products. Stay tuned every Monday for our special Craft Spotlight posts, where we highlight the best products with detailed videos and high resolution photos of our Art Camp exploits! We’ll be updating with more information about Summer Art Camp 2014!

5. Roylco works closely with local organizations such as art galleries, museums and libraries, AND hosts workshops at Early Learning Centers across the province! To learn more about our support or to book a workshop with us, please send an email to subscriber@roylco.ca. You can also visit THIS PAGE for more information!

6. Our ideas are usually produced in our art room, where bundles of materials and supplies are kept for inspiring new products and crafty creations!

7. Finally, Little Fingers Big Art is climbing the ranks in the Martha Stewart American Made contest–please visit THIS page for more information on how to vote for us! We appreciate any votes we get.

Thanks again to On the Upcycle for her award. Happy blogging!


MAKE’s Phillip Torrone reviews our Human X-Rays!

I was sent this link a while back and figured I’d let the craft world know about the reception one of our products got at the NYC Toy Fair in 2008. Phillip Torrone of MAKE was present at the Toy … Continue reading