How to Make CrARTS and Why it is Essential
I started Peakle Pie when Peakles was two years old. We shared how we were developing different skills and the things we were interested in at home and outside. We have explored why bees are important, how to conquer our fears in the adventure playground as well as going on magical fairy walks! We read and sing and craft and create and enjoy being us. We celebrate our achievements and we work on coping with our emotions when things do not go our way. All in all, I think we have reached a good balance for us and our family.
So why am I writing this today? I feel as though we have to defend what we do against the tide of people on social media who think they know better than us, that judge what we do and add a remark that belittles our work. I have seen valued friends and colleagues have their child’s work ridiculed and spread around the internet with an offensive logo attached. Facebook groups and pages spring up which encourage others to remark on how bad crafts are for children and make snide remarks about the parents who allow or encourage crafts with youngsters.
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I am all for free speech and new ideas but not by deriding or ridiculing others. And certainly not for taking other people’s photographs and attaching a horrible remark so they can gain likes on Facebook and other social media. Never mind the breach of copyright because they DO NOT OWN THE IMAGE.
But making children feel bad about what they do? This was NEVER a module I took when studying to be a primary school teacher.
I was NEVER encouraged to say crafts were rubbish or that certain artists were better than others when I was studying my honours degree in Art History (Modern Period).
I certainly was not brought up to try and gain popularity by bullying and ridiculing others. Especially what children make and do.
So I asked Peakles what she thought, whether we should stop doing crafts and just concentrate on expressive arts and media experimentation. Her answer? But Mummy you know I like doing CrArts and now I can do it by myself!
CrArts – this is a word made up by a 5 YEAR OLD who understands the value of both arts and crafts.
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She likes to explore art, she likes to visit galleries and look at the paintings, she also likes to design and create different things. Her confidence in the subjects – CrArts – is so big now that she will select, design and create her own artworks and crafts by herself. Having gained the practical fine motor skills such as cutting, gluing, sorting WITH her observation of, and flair for, colourwork, music, and mathematics, she will produce sculptures, artworks and designs based on her own interests.
These photographs show a small selection of what she did independently.
She made a book for her friend, after working out how to stick the pages together herself. She explored a mixed media of her own creation that included leaves, crumbled up dried out, sensory dough, marbles, and dried flowers. She created a sculpture from play dough and plastic gold and silver nuggets for a princess figure. There is also a dinosaur picture and a couple of homemade cards and love tokens for her toys.
PLUS she has raided the bathroom cabinet and took some cotton wool balls to stick underneath portraits of our whole family (including our cat who she fondly remembers).
This is not adult led crafts. This is not rubbish. She has not been coerced or forced to make these. This is a just selection of what she does during the week or at the weekend. Next week she may make party decorations and dresses or she could just get the paint out and explore it through colour mixing or adding other media.