Ok, so I’ll forgive you for thinking that this is marble painting. But ask Jack, it is quite different. What’s the difference you ask? Well this is marble painting in a box, with a lid….or as Jack calls it, Shake Painting.
Jack really enjoys big art, big messy art. I think he enjoys the physicality of it; big movements, fast movements, loud noises, lots of paint, lots of mess. I don’t think he would even entertain the idea of a structured art activity, not this boy, the bigger and messier, the better. You should see the mess (oh I mean creative art) he made today on the windows…but that’s for another day.
Jack is far more engaged in an art activity that he creates himself; which seems obvious really, he’s following his own creative interests. Over and over again Jack scooped paint into the box, the marbles went in, the lid was closed and then there was some almighty shaking…he shook with his whole body, the noise was quite deafening, Jack loved it!
When an activity really holds Jack’s interest, he will return to it day after day until the supplies have been exhausted. Who ever said children had short attention spans?
Some time ago I used to feel pressure, from myself and from others, to have a new, fancy activity all set up and ready to go everyday. Each day would be a new experience with new materials. Over time I noticed that these one-off activities weren’t encouraging Jack’s creativity at all, he didn’t have a chance to truly engage with an activity before a new one would be presented the next day.
So I started to leave the materials out, just in case Jack wanted another go. And he did. He repeated activities, sometimes everyday for a week. He started to really use the materials, in his own way, experimenting, exploring, seeing what would happen.
I don’t feel like I need to give Jack new play-scenes or activities everyday any more, he is much happier and being much more creative when he has the opportunity to use materials for as long as he wants and in what ever way he wants. Yes, who ever said children have short attention spans?
So don’t feel like you need to create a new and exciting play/art experience everyday, your little one will probably be much happier and far more creative, when given the freedom to follow their own interests for as long as the wish. Even if it may seem repetitive to us, they are building upon their skills and this can’t happen with one-off activities.
Relieve yourself of the pressure of What are we going to do tomorrow? Have some simple art materials available, with no agenda, and see where your little one takes it. They may just create Shake Painting.
So, lovely readers, what art adventures have your little people created?