Originally Posted by Kleine Hexe
I do not like crafts. At all. I lose my temper quickly if I have to participate in a craft with my kids.
I provide the materials and then stand back and let them do whatever. I'm happy and they are happy.
If I try to organize it in any way to have a finished project we will all be unhappy.
Ah, see and I think this is the crux of this... it all depends on what each of us defines as a 'craft'. Oh, so lovely semantics.
The girls had arts/craft time today. (i.e in the kitchen)
I printed out this snowman template... 4 to a sheet.
My 2 year old made rainbow snowman, and cut them out.
My oldest colored the hat in, made faces, hair etc... She then had the idea of gluing a long piece of paper to the back, and announced she had made a puppet!! I mentioned I had some sticks she could use if she wanted. The girls went nuts with that idea... and they proceeded to make 4 snowman puppets each. My 2 year old needed a little help with the elmer's glue, since she hadn't used it before...only stick glue.
Anyway, it was a 'craft'.... but I had no 'boundaries' on it. I didn't even really select it, my 2 year old told me she wanted to do a snowman craft. LOL!
To me, this was a craft... BUT far different than the very simplistic, yet 'pretty' ones that preschool/classes do, where they often just allow kids to do one facet of the project.
The thing I loved about the craft the girls did... it was soooo directed by them. I guided where needed.
Sounds like we do pretty much the same thing...stand out of their way while they create... I just happen to use the semantics and call it a craft. :-)