Storytelling, game playing are journeys of the imagination. There's always something fresh and new if you look for it.
I will post that story time later next week because it was a blast and because I'm going to be doing it yet again for the only programs I'm doing next week--two sessions for my favorite local preschool. But instead, today, I want to talk about the craft I did yesterday, because it's really related.
You can click on the photo and get full directions, but I just grabbed some paper plates and the magic markers. I usually would have made templates for circles so the kids could practice tracing with a marker and cutting with a scissors--a skill they really need to learn at this age. But time was short so I traced 4 circles of the right size on a sheet of paper, stuck some plain white construction paper in my copy machine, and cut them myself.
They got the paper plate halves, the circles for the turkey heads and some markers. I grabbed a couple of packages of colored feathers from my craft stuff and let them pick two each.
No pattern. No instructions. Just "make a turkey hat". And here is what 3 of my friends did:
But they are 3 individuals. And it shows in their hats:
|This is the most conventional. Face in the middle, feathers left and right.|
|No face whatever--she just drew patterns.|
|And last but not least--she saw the turkey from a side view.Head on left at "front", feathers on right in "back".|
The next time you're busy assembling perfect little patterns for perfect little crafts, please stop and think about what you want your kids to get out of these crafts. Is it to make a copy of what you do, or is it to learn new skills. Is it to THINK about what they're doing?
And then,please! Chuck away the patterns and the "models" and the rest and let them spend the time away from the goddamned IPads and computers having creative, thoughtful fun!
The results will amaze you.