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All of our children have enjoyed making their Christmas crafts, at I Learn our children are encouraged to create their own crafts without the staffs input. This means that the crafts that your little one brings home, is all their work. They have spent time colouring, painting, sticking and cutting. In Early Years, the process is far more important than the “success” of an end product.Our craft activities are much more focused on the process without the need to have a recognisable product at the end. Process is doing, product is the result. Young children are process-oriented. For babies and toddlers, the joy of art is in the doing and making. They usually want lots of finger paint, really squish it around, and then pay no attention to what happens to their picture afterward!

Preschoolers love to experiment with colour and design. They do not worry that their entire page is covered in yellow, or their grass is red, or if their pictures are cut neatly. Preschoolers may choose to keep their finished product or forget about it once it is completed.

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 15515872_10154375516493043_2143257846_o  Older, school-age children may become very product-oriented. They want to make sure their names are on their work and may get very upset when papers tear or structures crumble.That said we sometimes will have adult led crafts where the staff makes one, they show the children how to make one, and we all end up making the same craft. For example when making hedgehogs for our autumn display. There is nothing wrong with this, especially when we think about what this is actually teaching children. Product craft teaches children how to follow directions, tunes fine motor skills, and helps them learn to cooperate with each other in a bigger group.

However the majority of our crafts are process crafts, no two pieces of art work will look the same because each child’s personality will come through in his or her work. Process craft gives the child the chance to explore the art materials, which can be used in a multitude of ways.

Even though we want children to develop longer attention spans, we may actually prevent them from working for longer periods of time when we focus on the product and don’t let them enjoy the process of their creation.We encourage your child in their artistic process by questioning and commenting on their work. We focus on the experience, the process. Staff support children’s learning through discussion, and assist when necessary. We avoid asking questions such as, “What are you making?” and, instead, comment on the process, using comments such as, “I like the red colour in your picture.” Our goal is to make each child feel comfortable, confident, and successful.

So we hope you enjoy their masterpieces, they will be unique and made with lots of love ❤️.

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