Arts and crafts at school is one of the most important aspects of teaching. Young children will only learn through fun activities and educational games as when something is boring or dull to a child their mind will simply wander off. There is no doubt that children learn through fun and by doing so arts and craft activities and using a range of craft supplies is the number one method of helping develop their education. There are so many different type of arts and crafts to choose from but the key elements for a successful arts and crafts project are simplicity and creativity.
By keeping projects simple for children you will greatly increase the chance of success. Instructions should be extremely brief, if necessary the project should be broken down into bite sized chunks. By separating the project in this way, teachers can keep more control too as it ensure all the children stay at the same stage of the project. Very long projects that last more than a day should not generally be attempted as children will become discouraged when they don’t see virtually instant results. Children only stay focused for short periods and by working with this rather than against it will reap better results.
Craft supplies at school are likely to always include a large number of crayons, coloured pencils and paper or coloured card. Arts projects that involve these tools are the most simple to carry out and they are so versatile that teachers will never be stuck for ideas. Colouring and drawing activities can include card-making for all sorts of occasions, simple origami, making calendars, colour-by-numbers and straight forward painting with non-toxic paints. Another important step for successful projects with craft supplies is to have minimal set up and clear up time. If there is a substantial amount of cutting out shapes beforehand or preparing the activity then there won’t be enough time to carry out the task. The children will get bored waiting to start too. If there is any gluing needed with a glue gun or cutting things out with scissors then it’s important that there is an adult supervising at the very least or in fact doing it themselves.
Craft supplies must be completely safe for children. This includes non toxic paints that are machine washable and designed specifically for children. The school won’t want angry parents caused by paint that won’t come out of their children’s clothes! For slightly more grown up children, investing in an easel can be a great way to encourage their artistic behaviour. By letting children express themselves through painting and drawing, children can learn a whole manner of things and develop more fully.
When children are at a very young age they are able to soak up and digest information very quickly and easily. That is why it is important the plenty of eduction is provided at this time of their life. Hands on activities, arts and crafts and educational games are the number one way that children will learn. A school should never be lacking in craft supplies as this is one of the primary teaching methods for preschoolers and very young children. There are plenty of suppliers online that provide good value arts and crafts supplies so large amounts of basic equipment such as pencils, card and childrens paints can be purchased on a small budget. Anything that is used up should be replaced immediately and there should be a good chunk of time allocated everyday to arts and crafts. It is the easiest way for children to learn, along with games such as numeracy games that help children with vital maths.
Saving money on school craft supplies can be done by looking out for discounts, buying in bulk and purchasing the majority of items online. From childrens paints to a childrens easel, anything and everything you could need can be found online for lower prices than those found on the high street.