In society today we strive to give our children a sterile environment for children. Perfectly clean spaces, spotless clothes, white walls, concrete slabs. We are illuminating the opportunities for children to get messy, make choices, and grow. As we eliminate the mistakes, the not so great choices, the messy globs of good we are eliminating tools our children need to survive when things don’t go as we plan. We are setting out to change this with the Invitation to Create movement.
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Invitation to Create: Process art for the win.
Invitation to Create was new to me this year when Mother Goose Time introduced it. I was a bit nervous because we really loved the product based art they offered the year before. Once we dove in it was love. I love that they are less work for me. The kids love they have freedom to do whatever they want and all that is expected of them is to get creative and do what they want.
Mother Goose Time has met some resistance to this big change. Everyone hates change. It takes time, to get used to the new changes that affect us. Like a child we stomp and throw a fit even if it is only in our heads, or is that just me? This change is highly beneficial to children. If you are not using Mother Goose Time I suggest you add it to your home, school, daycare where ever you work with children your own or otherwise.
Create an open creative environment
I would like to share with you this quote from Leslie Falconer the CEO of Experience Early Learning the Parent Company of Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum.
along this process of learning how to create ideas and respond to the realities of our world (whether that be a simple photo on a table as preschoolers or a devastating natural disaster as an adult). I am passionate that the skills the children learn though these invitations to create, lay the groundwork for our next generation to see the world through eyes of hope as they look at whatever they have set in front of them either good or bad and know that they can confidently, resourcefully and intelligently respond to the situation with genius ideas that maybe no one else has ever dared to think but will help both themselves and others.
Thank about this. Creating a sterile controlled environment for our children is limiting how they can learn to make choices and learn to deal with things not going the way they planned. Today I challenge you to give this process based art a try.
This is wonderful, getting the kids outside and creating instead of being in a sterile environment. this is a must for kids,.
I would be totally over this! I love arts I love being outdoors and I’m teaching my child the same thing! He loves to color and draw too.
Reesa Lewandowski says
Creativity and the outdoors is so awesome! My kids love to be outside.
Giving children the freedom to get creative is so important for their development. I love to see what they can come up with without the sterile, structured environment holding them back.
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says
I think this is so incredibly important! I love seeing what they create, it helps them grow into their own individuality too.
I think this is great. Getting children to be creative is always a wonderful idea. My girls love to be creative like this!
I think there is nothing more important than encouraing your child to be creative and think outside the box and that’s why i love this post!
Lisa Favre says
Totally agree with this: being open with creativity is so important for children. I love the idea of creating an open environment.
Tammi Roy says
My kids love to be creative. It is so important to let them use their imagination. Outside is the best place to get messy.
Elizabeth Lampman says
My kids look forward to arts and craft time. I always let them be as creative as they want. A mess can always be cleaned up.
I will have to share this with my friends with little ones. It is so important to encourage creativity.
Great initiative. I feel like an a fish out of water so often with the things I let my kids do – messy, risky, crazy – you name it. It’s important for kids to learn confidence and independence.
Liz Mays says
I think this is a really cool concept. Being able to think creatively and respond to challenges is important.
Jody Smith says
I love process art, letting the children lead art time is so good for their creativity and confidence.
Aimee Smith says
I love this. So many kids hate when their art doesn’t look right or get frustrated when their doesn’t look like yours! They need to learn how to just go with their own flow!
Claudia Krusch says
As an educator, I think this is so important! I love seeing what they create, it helps them grow into their own individual worlds!
Janis @MommyBlogExpert says
Couldn’t agree with you more. I was always big on being crafty before kids. Then when I had 4 kids (triplets + 1 in a year) I knew I’d want to give my kids the tools to start creating.
Amy Desrosiers says
I love when my kids create little works of art. It is amazing to see the stuff they come out with.
Autumn Reo says
Sometimes I take my computer outside for this same type of experience. You have to some times and just let go!