Arts and crafts don’t simply create original artwork for your refrigerator. In fact, for kids, “arts and crafts play a very big role in developing critical skills for school and social functioning, as well as for life beyond the school years,” says Laura Phillips, Psy.D., board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist in the learning and development center at Child Mind Institute in New York. Here, experts say, are three reasons why arts and crafts are very important to your child’s development.