The art of beading has been in existence since time immemorial. Children, adults and even the aged use beads for fashion.
Just as styles and fashion come and rest,beads for sometime was out of circulation only to be found among the aged. However,the 21st Century fashion conscious people have resuscitated this valuable,durable and socially and culturally universally acknowledged form of art.
Beading is pleasurable, indeed , a very potent leisure activity that can aid Children’s development in many dimensions as elucidated below:
ENTHUSES THINKING SKILLS-Anyone who engages in the art of beading will have to count his cost in terms of of materials to use either for a necklace,wrist band or bracelet.He has to think of the number of hours to make either a necklace or wrist band. How many of these bead pieces she will put together to produce what he or she wants.He thinks further the type of pattern to employ and so on.All these require deep thoughts and good calculations that will help such child in this situation,thereby developing deep thinking ability to solve immediate academic problems.
STRENGTHTENS SMALLER MUSCLES-Holding the thread and threading the bead, cutting the thread to size and other simple but vital aspect of it assist in strengthning smaller muscles of children making beads.
HELPS GOOD ORGANIZATION-Planning ahead is key to good organization. Beading helps children to be organized as he or she looks forward to making available every tool of the trade-plier, needle,sock etc. The one that is not available is sought for with zeal -thus children take their assignments with all seriousness.
IMPROVES DRESSING SKILLS/STYLES-Beading also helps children’s(and adults as well) dressing skills/styles- Clothing, buttons and zippers are used to adorn whatever material that is used just to make it beautiful.
GOOD SENSE OF JUDGEMENT/DRESS SENSE: Colour combinations require deep thinking and matching of assorted colours before the final selection and production is enhanced. Even professionals in this area ascribe fine motor, visual perception and cognitive skills as some of the vital advantages of beading.
COOPERATIVE ACTS ENHANCED-Socially, beading promotes inter-personal interaction and cooperation among children. Children select beads and make sure the task at hand or projects are carried out on time in a group setting. Where two or three people are involved in a project, tolerance must be adopted to see the project through.
In a nutshell, use of beads of various magnitude have come to stay. Many of the advanced countries of the world are involved in this lucrative and decorative art either for economic purposes or personal uses. Countries such as Hungary, U.K, USA, Australia,India etc use beads as costumes. African countries are not left behind:Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa etc just to mention a few.They use beads as occasion demands. Girls wear earrings laced with beads, wrist bands, necklace etc.The natural outlook of the user, makes beading and beads interesting and cherished work of arts and you can be a maker of beads yourself. You too can be involved. Give it a trial.