And now – egg carton!
Read on to know what Pari made this time and why I let her drive this project from start to end!
What I love the most about these challenges is that they’re meant to be driven by the child and NOT the adult.
While in every challenge, I’ve allowed Pari to take the lead; this time I went a step ahead.
I did not step in AT ALL!
The idea, the process, the execution – was all hers!
My intention was to have her work on HER idea – from scratch – rather than mine.
In fact, have written about it quite a few times here. About – the unparalleled value of giving creative freedom to the child – to work on his/her OWN ideas.
Children learn best by means of play. This is being realized more and more by child psychologists, progressive educationists and creativity experts.
And, art can totally be play when the child is driving the process – from beginning to end – rather than being instructed by an adult.
Rather than even working on an idea envisioned by an adult.
And – let’s face it – when the child is working on an adult’s idea, he/she won’t be as excited and proud as when he/she is able to execute his/her own idea.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? Quite understandable if we place ourselves in the child’s shoes…
Don’t we feel a heightened sense of ownership and satisfaction when we have the freedom to work on our ideas. Be it in an office set-up or at home.
This blog is a classy example, as far as I’m concerned. Nothing has given me so much creative satisfaction as owning and driving this blog – MY WAY!
Then, what makes us think the child would not be able to think up a seed of an idea and go on to execute it and make it come alive!
Let’s give them these opportunities and freedom to think, explore, innovate and create and I’m sure these kids will blow us away with their imagination!
Well, I sure was blown away when Pari recently worked on the egg carton challenge.
I gave her a few egg cartons and this is what I told her – it’s YOUR creative challenge. Do WHATEVER you fancy – whenever!
The egg carton had been lying for a few weeks there. Then, one fine day, I saw her come to me with one of those – telling me – “I want to make a garden with it”. Sure!
I asked her if she wants something else besides the carton. She said she wanted playdough, so she can make the plants and flowers. And, some paint.
She went on to paint the carton with green. Sort of like a green landscape.
Then, she started forming flowers with the playdough – with great concentration – between her fingers.
I spied her using a pencil as a tool – once a while…
You know what – she finished a whole set of rainbow colored playdough – to make a bunch of these lovely beauties!
Now, she probably wanted to ‘plant’ her flowers. After trying to make them ‘stand’ a few times – without success, she asked me if we’ve got clay.
Ah….as luck would have it, I had bought some clay just the previous day. She was delighted!
So, she started plying the clay with her palms and then made small balls out of them.
She then flattened the clay balls inside each ‘pit’ of the egg carton. And, went on to place her play dough flowers.
And, I couldn’t help admire how nicely the play dough flowers stood now – with clay as the support – as compared to the earlier attempt.
Now that the garden was set, she made some fences.
But, the master stroke was yet to come!
She told me she needs some rain in her garden.
My jaws dropped!
Well sure, she didn’t want to sprinkle water all over it and waste the whole effort… :(
But no, what she really wanted to do was cut out some clouds from paper, paint rain on them and ‘stick’ them in the garden!
What do you think?
Would I have ever come up with such an idea? I don’t think so…
I mean, not that My idea would have been bad. But then, I’m my own person and the ideas are driven from there – my thoughts, likes, dislikes.
While, SHE is her own person. And, a child. She’s bound to think differently than me. Hence, her ideas would be different, too!
Isn’t it best then that they work on THEIR ideas – something they can relate with?
Child-directed learning or open-ended learning – whatever we may call – this sort of learning inspires creativity, independent thinking and an unbridled joy for learning and creating!
And, that’s what I would call is true and learning.
And, while you’re here, I’d like to remind you of the Earth Day Celebrations blog hop – coming up – TOMORROW – on my blog.
I’m looking forward to your participation. :-)
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