The Young Maker.
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”
The art of making is an integral part of a child’s development. It helps in physical and
cognitive growth and is a great way to keep them creatively engaged. From paper planes
to their first Lego house, making in form of arts and crafts has always been the centre of
focus in the process of learning. Toddlers are hands-on learners. They learn better by
doing and therefore are always eager to play with new toys. The touch element in plays is
a very important sensory experience as it is through touch that they physically interact
with the world around them.
Art of making is important for the following reasons.
1) Help make connections:
Hands-on activities help toddlers make connection between words and actions. Studies
have shown that kids who play building blocks with parents understand words like ‘over’
and ‘under’ better. The frequency at which these words are used during hands-on-
activities is more, providing a larger scope to learn.
2) Spatial Thinking:
The art of making helps in developing spatial thinking which is an important element of
mathematics and physics. It helps us understand our three-dimensional world better and
at the same time, can help predict the position of stars, in universe way beyond our reach.
3) Engages through Sensory Play:
Toddlers are auditory, visual, kinaesthetic or social learners. Hands-on-activities help kids
learn through their choice of sensory play; some kids talk about what they are doing
(auditory learners), while some learn through watching other creations (visual learners),
If you ask a toddler what he is making when he’s in the middle of making something. You
might get a shrug for an answer. Their creative involvement in making doesn’t always
have to have an end result. Kids live in the moment. They love the way the sand takes the
shape of a bucket when you are building a castle on the beach or the way glitter looks on
a paper. For that reason, it is important to remember that the process is more important
than the end product. Let them explore the world on their own and encourage creative
Encouraging the young maker:
Objects found in nature are great for making patterns and designs. You can sit with your
toddler and make earrings of shells and feathers or leaves to make boats. Let them choose
their materials and design their own canvas.
Don’t give Directions But be Prepared for a Mess:
The entire objective of creative engagement through making is experiencing exploring.
Don’t ask your toddler to make a specific object, just let them create. The process of
creating something is messy which is why you must be prepared. Spread used sheets or
papers before you commence the activities.
Art and Craft:
The possibilities of arts and craft are endless. From paper boats to clay modelling, toddlers
can try their hand at anything they wish. Art and Craft provides a great learning
opportunity for kids.