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Creative Christmas Day 16: Easy Christmas Candy Cane

| December 16, 2012 | 5 Comments

December really is flying by and already we can bring you Day 16 of your Virtual Advent Calendar! Only 8 days to go and we are “all done”. The Creative Christmas Countdown is a series of activities to do with your kids during the advent season. Each day, we bring you a need idea by experienced Kid Bloggers. The aim is to make advent fun and not too complicated! Creative With Kids and Red Ted Art alternatively feature the next activity or you can visit Creative Christmas Countdown to see the full calendar to date.

We also bring you a “tip of the day”, that will hopefully help you along.

So, without further ado, our next wonderful Kid Blogger is Creative Connection for Kids, with some super fun DIY Candy Cane. What a cute idea and certainly a little healthier than your usual sugar bomb. Do make sure you stop and have a good look round Creative Connection for Kids, as I am sure you will discover new activities and ideas to do. The site is pack full of playing activities, that making learning fun!

Click through to  Creative Connection for Kids now!

Tip of the Day: Process vs Product:

There is a lot of discussion about process versus product – i.e. how hands off your activities and crafts are with the kids. As may you know, I started crafting with my kids when they were very young and many of my crafts technically are/ were not age appropriate. I still think that crafting “together” has a value – so long as there are plenty of steps where you give the children free creative input – for example – our dinosaur piggy banks, were pretty much made by me, but the kids chose the colours and did all the painting themselves. Or with our Blossom Fairy Lights, I cut out the egg cups, but the children painted and added the glitter (the glitter was their idea). Our Giraffe Marionette are another great example of team work and the kids have LOVED playing with them (we still have them 3yrs later). It is about finding a balance – for them to enjoy the process and develop their crafty and arty skills and for you to make something together that they can then enjoy or play with. I have noticed that by “doing” things myself, Red Ted has watched, observed and copied techniques – part of the learning experience. Also, it is about spending time TOGETHER. I do try and add plenty of 100% “hands off” crafts in between e.g. our Monster finger puppets.

Remember to visit Creative With Kids tomorrow, who will be featuring The Outlaw Mom!

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  1. Sometimes its hard to be totally hands off. For example my girls will just stick expensive craft items to paper…so I try to guide them a little bit, even if its just asking them to think of a plan first :-)

    We do have a big stash or boxes they can make whatever they want with as well.

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Yes! What is it about “expensive craft items” and being irresistible to kids?! But I guess they are just as good with “junk”. Great they have a pile of boxes to get crafty with.

  3. I think part of the issue regarding process versus product is more predominant in a classroom environment because you are working with so many children. In the classroom environment where you have 8, 10, 20+ children – you need to make sure that those children are spending their time engaged in the experience of art so that they are not sitting still waiting on a teacher to tell them what to do next.

    Instead, as the children actively participate in a process, they are talking with one another , making decisions, and keeping their hands constructively busy with their artwork. In the classroom, when teachers get too focused on the end result, they lose sight of the how the experience is impacting their student’s confidence as it can make their students worry too much about doing something the right way just to please their teacher. The role of the teacher in the classroom is to provide experiences for their students – not to create something beautiful for the wall.

    At home, where a mom and child are working together, a sophisticated craft can be just as rewarding but in a different way. My grandson and I made a footprint canvas last week. I held him in my arms and helped him put each foot where I wanted on the canvas. This was going to be a gift and he loved the experience of painting with me. I let him make foot prints on a sheet of paper afterwards and so he still had some freedom to explore the process on his own too but the “craft” was ours to do together. At home, a parent can lead their child through a complex process and give the child the opportunity to both create something the child enjoys but the parent wants to see hanging on their wall. The parent has the benefit of working one-on-one with their child and can reflect or assess their child’s interest, reactions, and joy for the process as they work along side each other.

    Most crafts created at home can be a balance of both the freedom of expression and enjoying the process as well as the product if thought through. Just like my grandson made his own footprints on the paper while I made two for my canvas – there was a balance of play and exploration along with an experience that built a memory I will remember and time for us to enjoy our time together just as you describe in your own experiences.

    The key to whatever approach you take, at home or at school, is to foster a sense of accomplishment, confidence in one’s own abilities, and to allow the child to be a decision-maker in the process not just an observer.

    I sure hope this helps;)

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you,Deborah! That is a very considerate response and I LOVE how you are able to bring a teacher’s and a (grand)parent’s view. So your points are doubly valuable! Thank you so much for adding to this!

  5. Isil says:

    I have enjoyed reading this series. Thanks.

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