Do you like crafting? Or making art? Or both? When people ask me if I like CRAFTS (since I’m an artist), I say YES! I love both arts and crafts. They are quite different from each other, but both valuable and therapeutic as long as they are open-ended.
Sometimes crafts get a bad rap. They are actually prohibited by NAEYC for private preschools seeking accreditation. Ouch, that’s harsh! What they mean to say is “cookie cutter crafts” have no developmental value, and therefore no place in education. Why? Because product oriented arts and crafts are all about the teacher’s imagination and have nothing to do with each child as an individual. So what’s the point? Copying the teacher’s imagination is a waste of children’s time and a lost opportunity for children to apply their OWN imaginative thinking
Just like PROCESS ART, crafts can ALSO be creative, open ended, and loosely structured. And they’re more fun when everybody makes their own decisions and approaches designing their OWN way.