I’ve been sick for almost 2 weeks now…but I feel almost human again! Last week I opened our Creation Station. This is basically a totally free art center with a variety of materials for them to use. I always wait until after Christmas to open this area because most of the children I get at the beginning of the year have not idea how to use basic materials such as scissors, glue, markers, hold punches, etc. So the beginning of the year is spent learning how to use and manipulate various art tools before I just let them at it!
My kids weren’t sure what to do…which is normal…and somewhat amusing. “What do you want me to do?” “What should I make?” “What can I use?” And so on. My answer is always the same, “Anything you want.” And with that, they’re off.
Some of my kids can spend close to an hour just cutting and gluing…sometimes even throwing it away when they’re done. Which always makes me wonder…as rare as it is. Some spend only a few minutes making their creation…and are insanely proud. But either way, I see their concentration and their joy in the process. And it makes it more then worth it…and they’ve asked for it everyday since. 🙂