Process Oriented Art : Toddler Art Beyond Adult Led Crafts

I had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest writer on my friend Kayleigh’s blog, Sugar In My Texas Tea: A nap time blog. Kayleigh lives in Texas where she homeschools her three year old son, Everett and raises monarch butterflies. She is inspired by Montessori, Charlotte Mason, the Reggio Emilia Approach and Forest School methods. Her Instagram is eye candy and very inspiring so you’ll want to follow her @agrowingtime .

Here’s a snippet from my post:

Crafts versus Process Oriented Art: What’s the difference?

A craft is typically a “cute” product of materials put together that involve multiple steps of instruction. They are usually very linear, meaning there is a beginning, middle, end and needs to go in that order. Most of the time crafts involve materials that require mature coordination, fine motor skills and take lots of time and patience. They usually show what the “end product” looks like in the instructions or you have an adult’s model to look at to follow.

The problem I have with crafts is they are being marketed towards toddlers. Child care centers, schools, and even parents are doing crafts with 1-3 years old children. Why do I have a problem with this you ask? Let me explain:

To read the rest of my explanation, visit Sugar in my Texas Tea! I’d love to hear what you think!

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