So far it’s been a great week for open-ended projects! As Anna’s fine motor skills mature, she gets more and more pleasure of doing things by herself.
On Sunday we had a guided activity first - we made an octopus out of a toilet paper roll and construction paper. She chose green tentacles for her octopus, and so we had some scraps of green paper left. After the octopus went outside to dry out, she came back to the kitchen table (it also doubles as our craft area) and started her own project of cutting and gluing pieces of green paper to yellow paper. I think this is as “yellow” as we are going to get this week for the Open-Ended Art Blog Carnival. I really enjoyed watching Anna as she was busily and happily working by herself. I think her favorite craft tool is glue – and don’t you dare offer her a glue stick – she is only going for a “real deal”, and she is surprisingly careful with it… for a toddler :)
Yesterday we had another burst of open-ended creativity. We were outside, and Anna wanted to do a project. The day before she mentioned a clown fish, so I printed out a few coloring pages. She declared that she doesn’t want to color, and she wants to do a “great white shark” instead. So the following conversation unfolded:
Me: OK, what do you need to make your shark?
Anna (after thinking about it for a moment while skipping around): Construction paper and glue
Me: And scissors?
Anna: No scissors. I will make a shark out of leaves.
Obviously, the leaves didn’t hold well on the paper, but she worked hard on the project (she also chose the color), and was pleased with the result. It’s funny – the moment she deems her project completed, she is not interested in it in the least. She rarely plays or returns to any completed projects, but usually reminds us that it needs to be put “in a safe place for memory”. Mostly we photograph the artwork and then throw it away. I want to make a photo book in the end of the year with each page being her project, a short description (will go back to this blog :)), and a couple of photos of her in the process of creating her masterpiece.