Creativity is difficult to measure and when children create there is no right or wrong; good or bad. Application of active learning principles requires that children be given choice in their learning. When it comes to Art/Craft, many teachers have an end product in mind. They show the children their lovely creation (or someone else’s) and the children are expected to create one “just like it.” In fact, many of them actually want to create one just like the teacher’s.
For my Art/Craft lessons, I try to teach the children certain skills that can then be used to create whatever they wish. Some of these skills for young children include weaving, threading, drawing, designing, pattern making, modeling, printing, lettering, paper-folding. All of these and more can be taught to the child and then when that special day like Mothers’ Day arrives, the child can create something for mom which is unique and special and doesn’t look like it came from an assembly line.
I was pleasantly surprised that the children did so well at weaving the very first time.
I happened to mention that after the actual weaving, the ‘mat’ could be used to make several items like a table-mat, a purse etc. A few of the girls loved the idea and came to me after school hours wanting help to make little handbags. Here are their creations: