My children don’t tend to need an invitation to play with nature but after a few busy days away, I decided a calm day a home would suit all of us. I’ve been collecting lots of nature bits and pieces and it was time to put them to good use. I had little gumnuts, sticks, leaves, paper bark, our nature’s glitter and more. Miss Possum had asked to do some nature craft, so I set up a table with all the nature I had, including some recycled cardboard, scissors and glue and I let them go for it with no instruction from me. Finally I’d given my children unstructured craft time and I was excited with what they’d create.
All three of them were really getting into the activity and I was getting excited to see their creations. They all came to show me what they’d made and the outcome… was disappointing. All three of them had just stuck pieces of nature onto some cardboard, which we’d done before.
They turned out beautiful, don’t get me wrong and Miss Possum proudly hung hers up but I thought having such a variety of nature might get them creating something in 3D (rather high expectations for the twins) or making something out of nature that resembled… something.
I thought that if I provided the materials and finally gave them free space to think creatively then it would just somehow shine though. I learnt that perhaps there’s more to child-led experiences and enhancing creativity in art than I’d first thought.
So the next day I didn’t say anything I sat down next to Miss Possum and created nature craft of my own (which I thoroughly enjoyed). Miss Possum watched me from the corner of her eye and it got her thinking.
This time she made something so incredibly creative. She’d made a nature space rocket.
Nature is so versatile and I want my children to think creatively and use it in a variety of ways. So, I intend to play with nature alongside my children more often. I believe modeling creativity can help build creativity. Watch out because we may just become a little bush crafty this month!
Do you ever make craft or play alongside your children? Do you think your play helps build their creativity?
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