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  • creative kids! 08 March 2014 | View comments

  • As you already know I have started a little art and craft club for my children and their friends. The energy and enthusiasm when the children get together is so special and so exciting! This week I thought it would be fun to draw around the children and let them decide what to do next. Both boys wanted to turn their silhouettes into robots and the girls chose to paint and decorate their artwork as themselves.  There was a selection of paints, crayons, pencils, glue, glitter, materials for collage, haberdashery bits, buttons etc. for the children to choose from.

    It was so interesting seeing how the children's confidence, enthusiasm and creativity grew as their pictures evolved. The energy in the room was wonderful. The children were completely focused on their paintings for about an hour and a half. They then stopped for a snack and a play in the garden. We assumed that would be the end of the session.....but they chose to return to their artwork 15 minutes later and continued with even more enthusiasm. It was such a shame to pull them away from their creations at 6.30pm....almost 3 hours later! Fab artwork hey!

    My son carried on adding more buttons and wires to his 'robot' until bedtime... when he said to me" mummy I can't believe you had this idea" ....I said "why is that darling"?.... he then replied...."because it is SO exciting!".
    He is adding more to his robot again today! 

    It really saddens and worries me that due to pressure from Ofsted lots of young children are missing out on creative learning at school. We need creative thinkers in this world! 
    On a positive note I feel our little art club is special and I am so happy that we have set it up. I feel it is so important for children to experience the freedom and enjoyment that creativity can give us, and experiencing this with their friends is so much fun for them. Running the club with the other mums makes it possible and fun for everybody. We have all loved watching our children working and playing alongside each other, observing how they support, compliment and inspire each other. The focused energy yesterday was wonderful!  If you are a mum or dad and reading this...why not try it?

    Linda Whaley

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