This winter at Little Hands we will be doing lots of curiosity Christmas crafts which will involve lots of objects the children will see around this time of year such as pine cones, pine tree branches, baubles and more.
The curiosity approach is all about giving children back their freedom of choice by triggering their natural curiosity and imagination by providing lots of open ended resources so children are able to pick and choose for themselves how they want their creations to look. By creating active learners, children are more engaged in their environment and have a lot more fun. They are in charge of their own development and choose activities which play to their own interests.
During the children’s sessions, adults take a step back and let the children’s natural curiosity take place. By taking part in curious crafts children are able to think for themselves, make their own choices, and develop their own learning in a way they have chosen.
Examples of the activities the children have participated in include, scented coloured play dough. By using play dough, children are able to use their own ideas, choosing what they wish to create and developing their imagination. Children use a range of ideas with play dough, using select resources to represent something else such as cookers representing baubles on their play dough tree.