Anjali is now of the age to to proper crafts, in the sense that she tends to do things that have a clear end goal.Sophia is so awesome with catching up with everything that Anjali does (listen to her holding her own on discussions on Harry potter and the Goblet of Fire and you'll know what I mean), thatmany times we ignore that she, at three and a half years, needs to explore and create things without any idea of what its going to end up like.
I remember a conversation that I had with Jennifer from the Playeum, she said that parents these days want their kids to come out of art lessons with things that don't look like something they have made themselves. I like to think that I am not one of those parents, but then, things like these sneak up on me and I sometimes find myself facilitating activities where the space of exploration will inevitably result in something that looks nice to display. While it is nice, for the purpose of hanging on the wall, to have something that is not totally out of control, we have to appreciate that children Sophia especialy appreciates free exploration, and when she goes in for free exploration when Anjali and I are exploring a craft, I often let her do it, facilitating as best as I can. Here are some of her explorations over the last weekend.
Cutting and gluing wrapping paper on her own legs