Something that means something
Personally, arts & crafts projects that are more personal are very rewarding. Most would say, it's nice to craft up something that means something, represents ideals or gives a little insight into one's private life and tastes. Others may say otherwise, but we think the latter is worth overlooking, at least right now.
Children appreciate crafts that can teach new things, especially when this new information relates directly to someone they know, in this case, their teacher. Students love to learn about their teachers and the background that they bring with them. Yes, imparting knowledge on other less personal topics is delightful, but sometimes sharing a bit more personal details with them so they can get the chance to learn a bit about who you are, is more human.
Art is meant to be used in this way and nothing is wrong with taking that stance. Many benefits of this exist, with the benefit, in this case, being, an opportunity for your students to learn more personal details about you, which in turn can help them understand and appreciate you a little more!
We are not saying, you need to divulge every single detail about yourself, rather the familiar - things that you may have in common with them. Commonalities like parents, siblings, pets and even family, come to mind.
If you have kept up with the happenings at iteachkids, you should know that we are making our way through our family theme segment and if you not, then, now you know! Therefore, it makes sense to use family as an example of something you may have in common with your students. Elaborating a bit more, this week's arts & crafts project is one that symbolizes this word; FAMILY.
That said, the following project is a six-person family made using wood stick people and other basic tools. It is a very simple project, which requires the use of certain tools, such as the wooden stick people. These wooden stick people represent Tiva's family and we used these people to create a cute activity for our upcoming Storytime video, so be on the lookout for that.
Take a look!
Trying to figure out how to put together a simple people based arts & crafts project? Then check out the video to see how we did it!
P.S: To customize this project a little more, you can use the faces from photos of your real family and stick them on to the faces of the wooden stick people rather than drawing them on like we did in this project.
Tiva & Randa