Cheryl, the kids had a ball at the craft's lesson. I am amazed at what you and Chocodeline got out of them. I find just getting them all to sit down and watch a DVD is an almost impossible challenge.
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Here is a picture of what the kids made - I'm so impressed. They look so much better than I ever imagined they would:
Some things I've learned, that might perhaps serve as tips for those thinking about giving craft classes to kids:
- you're the teacher, the one in charge - they're expecting you to tell them to sit down and stop shouting. Don't be afraid just because they're other people's kids.
- never underestimate the creative potential of young kids.
- at the same time don't give them too much to do. Restlessness can come from both a too boring task and a too challenging one.
- don't give them too much choice - young kids will create within the boundaries you set them. Give them too much choice and you'll soon have a situation on your hands which you can't control.
- know inside out, upside down and back to front the process for your class. Kids will exploit any weaknesses in your plan and you'll lose them.