As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all toddlers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.
We’ve been having so much fun with the invitation to create activities from Mother Goose Time. It used to be that we never skipped a tray play activity. These days, we’ve been making a point of doing each and every one of the invitation to create experiences. Yep, they’re that awesome!
I love setting things up for him the night before and letting him just explore and He loves that there’s no such thing as right or wrong. He can totally do his own thing.
And that’s so important when it comes to developing the skills little kids need to be successful in the future.
Are you curious what those skills are and why they’re essential? Here are five awesome things that come with process art experiences.
- Encouraging Creative Thinking/Problem-Solving – I remember being told at one point that people don’t want problems. They only want solutions. And a huge part of problem-solving is creativity. It’s having the ability to see things differently than everyone else does. Today’s little kids are tomorrow’s inventors and engineers. They’re the movers and shakers, y’all. The brain is a muscle. And just like any other muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. If you want to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving, you need to provide opportunities to do just that.
- Increasing Fine Motor Skills – Everything from eating to writing requires fine motor skills and of course the more we practice, the better we get. If you think back to the first time your little kids picked up a spoon, I’m willing to bet that it was kind of messy. That’s actually probably a little bit of an understatement, isn’t it? And while we’re on the subject, remember all the scribbles we got from our toddlers? As they grow up, the messes will become fewer and further between. And the scribbles will turn into coloring inside the lines. It takes time, though. And lots of practice.
- Providing Opportunities for Sensory Exploration– Being both an educator in a center-based environment as well as a homeschooling mama means I’ve definitely heard it all and one of my favorites was something along the lines of kids develop sensory issues because of all the sensory activities they do these days. Um no. I hate to break it to ya, but it’s actually quite the opposite. If you remember correctly, when we were kids, we played outside. And back then, we also got dirty. That’s a novel concept these days, isn’t it? Play is so very important and we really need to spend more time focusing on letting kids just be kids.
Isn’t it crazy when you actually take the time to think about it? Hard to believe how much you can accomplish with one quick and easy activity, don’t ya think?
And that, my friends, is exactly why process art experiences are so important and why I’m completely and totally head over heels in love with the invitation to create activities that we receive each month from Mother Goose Time. I seriously couldn’t ask for more.
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