Creative participation

Over 40 percent of children create visual arts and craft as a recreational activity

The ABS 2012 study of children’s participation in culture and leisure activities found that 43 percent of children participated in recreational art and craft activities outside of school hours, while seven percent of children participated in organised art and craft outside of school hours.

Girls were more likely than boys to participate in art and craft activities (54 percent vs. 33 percent). Girls also spent more time on average than boys on these activities in the weeks before the survey.

The study showed older children were less likely to participate in arts and craft activities. Participation decreased from 57 percent children aged five to eight to 26 percent of children aged 12 to 14.

The decrease in participation rates with age is more marked than for other recreational activities such as reading for pleasure and bike riding.