Our topic for Term 3 in Foundation 2 has been ‘Fantasy.’ Last week, we were reading the story ‘The Princess and the Pea.’ We based our creative area around crafts that would be suitable for boys and girls. As we read the story, we had class discussions regarding castles and who might live in a castle. One day, I left a range of boxes and other junk modelling materials on the craft table with sellotape and glue. There were also some pictures of castles as a stimulus and the children engaged in trying to build their own versions. Another day, we made a tall tower from card and put a picture of a princess inside. The same templates were left on the creative table for the children to attempt to make their own tower. Needless to say, many children made their own smaller version of the tower. The learning intention within this provision is that the children use a range of materials and construct with purpose in mind. Close to our creative table, there is a range of other crafts that children can access independently so they flourish even more creatively. This gives them the opportunity to extend their creative minds.
Young children who engage in creative activities use skills that encourage all areas of learning. The children are problem solving, critically thinking and showing resilience when trying to construct their castle craft. They help each other and show co-operation while they share the resources. The children are using their Numeracy skills while they arrange objects to make castles or try to measure the right amount of tape. Fine motor skills are also being used when they are cutting using a pair of child’s scissors. So, what looks like an easy craft activity for us adults actually empowers children in all areas of learning and engages them in the current topic. Next time your child brings home a piece of art or craft, ask them about it and how they made it. Ask them what they are learning about in school. This is an opportunity for them to talk about the topic, connect their ideas and make sense of their learning.
Ms Helen F2N