I have been trying to find the perfect opportunity to share a philosophical belief with you, the readers of this blog. I think that today’s post is as good as any. Most of you may remember me mentioning Teach Preschool’s website in previous posts. While looking through some archived posts I came across one entitled “Are your preschooler’s loving the process?” After reading this article it was like I heard bells ring out and white doves fly over head.
When having kids complete a project or a craft it’s the process of making it that allows them to learn. Often times we think of the outcome as being the most important because we put our own adult rules onto the activity. I have come to realize that rules can be stifling on creativity. As you will see J & A’s salt dough ornaments are “Christmas” themed but the colors aren’t exactly “traditional”. I let J & A pick the colors that they wanted to paint “their” ornaments, and I believe that the end results are beautiful. Each one is very unique.
I hope that you take the time to read Deborah’s post and next time you have an idea give your children the tools and let them create, let them learn. Support their learning by removing yourself from the equation. I think you’ll be amazed at what you see.
J & A made some salt dough ornaments to hang on their tree. The recipe is available at the end of this entry. They were so excited to try out their new dollar store cookie cutters.
Kneading and rolling is so good for developing hand muscles.
Cookie cutters are so fun to use.
Cut a paperclip down the middle and the result should be three pieces that can serve as an eyelet. Place a hook into the top of the ornament before baking. I baked them for approximately 1 hour.
The children used a combination of acrylic craft paint and tempura paint. Once the paint dried I sprayed a clear coat to protect the paint. Then it was time for J & A to hang their ornaments on their tree.
Nurturing young minds by focusing on “process over outcome”.