For this invitation there were two parts. First the children were invited to cut ribbons of all different colors, sizes, shapes, and textures. Second, they were invited to decorate a holiday gift with all the ribbon they cut.
Did you know that when children practice cutting it allows a child to build up the tiny muscles in the palm of their hand with the continuous opening and closing of the hand. These same muscles that are being used are also the ones used for writing, painting, and gripping things. Cutting enhances eye-hand coordination by using vision, processing what is seen, and moving the hand simultaneously to accomplish a task. When they are cutting it encourages the child to use bilateral coordination using both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing its own task. Having the children cut different textured, size, and shaped ribbons gives a sensory element through the variety of materials that are stimulating the mind & body. It enhances fine motor practice, language development, improves focus and concentration.
When the children were invited to freely decorate the box by collaborating they build community, foster cooperation, eliminate competition, and it is social! Children who engage in #Processart such as this allows them to explore freely, be in control of the outcomes creatively, & lets them discover art in their own way. This builds their confidence, fosters their cognitive skills & when they become aware of all the different ways they can do art, make predictions, plan it out/problem solve, everything comes full circle in believing they can create anything!