So far this year, I’ve made a few favorite Christmas crafts with the kids, but I haven’t introduced any new ideas. They, however, have been hard at work – decorating, cutting, and taping. I love it! Most of what they make doesn’t look anything like a “standard” Christmas craft – one day last week, for example, they taped tiny pieces of white crepe paper all over the house. Some of it is quite messy – especially those teeny tiny pieces of paper that Johnny spends HOURS cutting. Others – like the red Christmas shoe Johnny is making above – are quite impressive.
Watching them plan and work together to create their envisioned product, however, is priceless! And they’re learning a lot –a bout how to listen to everyone’s ideas, working together, and making a plan reality.
I have wonderful memories of my mom helping us make Christmas projects, and we’ll be doing more of those this year and in the future. But I hope my children’s memories of the projects they make all on their own are as rich in their minds as they are in mine – alongside memories of child-led crafting from my own childhood!
Have your children been decorating your house for the holidays? What is your favorite “child-led crafting” story?