Children need to be creative without an adult telling them how they should do it. Children come up with pretty amazing things when they are allowed to explore and discover a variety of material.
Not every lesson needs a follow direction craft or art project. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this. We just need to make sure that creative kids express themselves just like God made them to be.
Freedom to think for self and discover how things work is critical in Early Childhood. Young children are curious and they will spend time on something if they can examine it, play with it, and experiment with it. This is how children learn to problem solve.
To be an inventor or designer one must think for themselves. A confident person gives the world something that it needs to make it a better place.
So relax when you see your child building, planning, and developing abstract art.
Check out the pictures and let your mind go wild with ideas. Consider setting up some trays too. I used veggie trays that I got from the Goodwill to organize material.
I feel excited and energized when I see this material. I want to do something with it and so do kids!
Now let me show you what my kids do with recycled material. Make a space in your home where you can treasure recyclable things for free play. I have one long and wide shelf in my basement for collectables.
I hope this encourages you Moms and Teachers to leave some time in your day for your children to engage in an open ended activity. Remember the process of what we do is just as important as the end result.
Does your schedule or lesson plan allow time for this? Do you agree or disagree with this kind of learning?