I was never much of a crafter until Miss G came along!
Her favourite way to start the day is by doing a craft, so I try to come up with fun kids’ craft ideas that are geared to her skill level – rather than Pinterest-perfect crafts that are going to frustrate her or need a lot of assistance from me (while I’m trying to get breakfast ready).
Miss G’s enthusiasm for crafting has spread, as I have learned how energizing crafting can be for myself, and the toddlers in our daycare have also begun insisting on daily crafts. I share the best of those here.
Some of our crafts are better described as invitations to create, and some of our art activities could be considered Reggio Provocations, but I don’t want to get caught up in labels or worrying if our activities fit someone else’s definition of “invitation” or “provocation.”
What matters to me is that these kids’ craft ideas & art activities:
- engage creative thinking and problem solving
- stimulate a love of creation
- build confidence via independence
- are affordable – especially if the children “destroy” rather than “create”
- engage fine motor skills whenever possible
- are open-ended and flexible, so the children can be creative & self-expressed, no matter what my original intentions
If you’re interested in reading more about our approach to arts & crafts, you might enjoy:
Starting in 2016, every Saturday we bring you a new “Little Artists” activity – where we will focus on learning how to use different art mediums, learn about different types of art and famous artists, and share what we learn!