“Step back helicopter parents!”
This time of year the web is stuffed with Autumn Crafts for small children. As we all know attempting craft with any toddler is a bit painful and you end up doing nearly all of it yourself. Lets not forget about Art for Art’s sake. The exploration of colour, texture and mark making. Freedom to express without pressure.
Such activities are open ended and the final product is of less importance than the experience of doing. Step back helicopter parents! Bite your lips, refrain from interfering, sit back and watch you toddler’s brain grow.
Here the hard work is in the preparing and the clean up! Pick somewhere that you are not precious about (the garden perhaps) and set aside some time for clean up. Some forward planning will pay off. Have your clean up gear ready so that messy hands don’t get everywhere on the way to the bathroom!
Don’t be trapped into supplying paint brushes and paper every time. We mixed it up a bit by supplying a spray bottle of paint and a roller. Pick some seasonal interesting items close to hand. We’ve collect feathers, rocks and some leaves from the garden and some Autumn colours of paint.
As the work progresses and my little artist is fully engrossed in the activity, making choices for herself and experimenting. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her and no tantrums or power struggles in sight. Joy!