Winter time feels like the perfect time for families to gather around the kitchen table to make things together by hand. This will encourage creativity and family fun as well as form a great bonding experience, and fosters giggles and smiles and all sorts of good feelings. And it’s high-touch, not high-tech, for that much needed life balance.
Many adults have forgotten the wonderful smell of a new pack of crayons, or the fresh feeling of new clay dough. Don’t miss out on the fun, work and play along WITH your children as you make things together this season.
My passion for all things handmade started in my own family decades ago, when we made things together for the holidays. So check out my list of FAVORITE art materials for families and get ready for some FUN.
The winter holidays get started earlier and earlier these days, and a huge Christmas tree just went up at our local mall, oh my! Why am I still surprised that holiday seasons seem to have expanded? I suppose with all the stress of modern living, I might consider it a good thing to stretch out any celebration of positive values and community. So I’m planning ahead for my own holidays and just purchased a few craft supplies to make some handmade gifts. I figure one way I can avoid succumbing to the mass materialization of the season, is to continue to promote art and creativity in what I purchase and give away.
Would you like to join me, and promote art and creativity in YOUR classrooms this season? I just looked though our entire Arts & Crafts Section page by page (that’s 130 pages, a lot of cool stuff) and selected ten things I am sure ANY early childhood teacher would adore. After all, when children are young, art is the easiest entry portal to ALL learning – and the best way to have FUN as you learn.
Here they are, not in any particular order because they are ALL something special:
I still remember when I was a teacher and the challenge of gift giving presented itself. Before winter break, many of my students and their families gave me loving keepsakes as tokens of their affection, when what I really wished for was something special for my classroom – something that would make everyday learning more fun for me AND for my students.
I hope my list of favorites helps ease your gift giving decisions, and that you’ll join me in celebrating your own creativity this season. Have fun, and go make something!
What’s on your holiday wish list for the classroom?