Process Art for Kids
I often write about process art. This craft is the perfect example of what I mean and why I believe it is important. A few days ago I saw this adorable bat craft from Moms Have Questions Too. We have dozens of toilet paper rolls saved in our craft closet, and my boys love bats and anything creepy. I knew they would enjoy this.
Our craft turned out much different than the original inspiration for several reasons. First of all, I am running low on black construction paper, so we painted our TP rolls black and saved the black paper for the wings.
My boys have a love for pom poms and bling. I knew they would enjoy gluing some jewels and pom poms on their bats to create the faces.
And here is where we see the importance of the process. In my head this craft involved a TP roll body, wings, and a face made out of pom poms and jewels. Below is the first bat JZ (5) designed.
Here is J-Bug's (3) favorite. He said, "The gems need to go like this, because this is how they go."
I encourage my boys to make their projects their own and put their own little flair into each one. When we do crafts there isn't a "right" or a "wrong" way. I usually make one along side them, but I don't show them mine as if to say it is the way the craft "should" be. Rather I do one so they have a starting place to begin their own work. By not setting the scene for a desired outcome they are developing their own sense of creativity, and their confidence is growing.
Look at JZ's face. This is serious business to him. He is putting quite a bit of thought and care into how his bat looks.
Children can lose their desire for artistic activities if their ideas are shut down. In math there are rules. In spelling their are rules. In a child's art? There shouldn't be rules. Art and craft time should be filled with creating, imagining, designing, playing, smiling and laughing. Creativity is such an important trait for children as I wrote about in my post Raising a Creative Kid. It is something I greatly desire for my boys, and I hope I am doing everything I can to nurture it.
Please visit Moms Have Questions Too to see the post that inspired this project. There is a free flying bat template in the post!