Which is more important, that we have a beautifully finished product to put on the wall or, that the child has been able to explore and create during the making process?
Professor Kay Margetts explores this issue in – Creative Play: In Praise of Getting Messy
“Craft activities that involve children copying precisely a model presented by the teacher risk stifling creativity and imagination, as well as deterring children from experimenting with materials and learning new techniques,” says Margetts, (associate professor of early childhood studies at Melbourne University).
Even worse than expecting every child to turn out exactly the same artwork, is when teachers “fix up” the finished product.
“There should be lots of opportunities for young children to pick up art and craft materials and go with the flow. Of course, there’s a place for adults to introduce and explain new techniques but allow them to choose colours and if they make a mistake it doesn’t really matter, they’ll learn it eventually.”
It’s worth having a read of the full article…