I love doing both Arts and Crafts with my little ones. From this mom's perspective both have wonderful, but distinctly different value. I am frequently disappointed when test driving learning programs, materials and such that present them only as one thing, "Arts & Crafts". I find it equally disturbing when programs only focus on one or the other. I think it's important to find time for both. For us, Craft Time is a great time to reinforce learning objectives and practice following directions. Art Time is time to follow our bliss, create, and learn how to respect and appreciate our art materials. I absolutely love the book Young & Art by Susan Striker. It is full of great ideas for opening your littles up to creating and appreciating art. At our house we have an art center that is set up for independent art activities. The littles have open access to create art whenever the mood strikes. When it's craft time we typically work at our activity table.
How do you approach Arts & Crafts with your littles?
Playing, cooking, reading, exploring, loving, laughing, and making a mess with your little one is NEVER a waste of time! It is priority one! It's not just about getting to know your little one. It's about letting your little one get to know you!