Why It's Playtime?
We started It's Playtime as a group to promote play based learning and process art (also known as open-ended art). Play based learning is exactly what it sounds like: learning through play. This includes socialization, cooperation, as well as math, science, and reading. Ever played a matching game with your child? My 3-year-old son and I play a number matching game using Uno cards.
We take turns drawing cards from the pile. We stack numbers that match into corresponding piles. Once all the cards have been matched, we stack the number piles into sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. My son loves it! We are playing together and he is learning his numbers (and sequence)...play based learning! No worksheets and no flash cards!
What about process art (or open-ended art)? Process art is very different from a craft. A craft means an end product: a duck, a frog, a fish, etc. Crafts are about following directions, but not about exploration and imagination. Process art allows for experimentation. There is no end product except what's in the child's mind at the time. Sometimes the art looks like something, sometimes it doesn't. But isn't art about expression and interpretation? What is learned is fine motor skills, creativity, expression, and taking risks. Check out this process art project over at The Life and Times of Angelyn:Raindrops
My son, Michael, recently created a more permanent process art masterpiece. I gave him some paint, some tools and a canvas to work on...
He had complete freedom to explore color and materials and I think he created something beautiful.
This week at It's Playtime, I want you to think about how you and your children have played and what they have created. Was it a craft? A worksheet? Or did they learn through play and expression? Then share you're favorite play based or process art activity with all of us.
This weeks hostesses are myself and 4 other talented bloggers:
Our newest playtime partner (give her a warm welcome!): let the children play
hands on: as we grow: Move that Body!
Quirky momma: Planning for a road-trip with preschoolers
The Imagination Tree: Playing with Ice Cubes
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