If your child comes to you to proudly show you their drawing or a constructed figure, you compliment them instinctively. There is no need to criticize them often, but it is important that you carefully formulate the compliment. Compliments that are too enthusiastic are not good for the child. Studies from Prof. Vulf – Uve Mayer form Bilefeld University, Germany show that even at the earliest age, children can feel dishonest compliments. According to him, at a pre-school age their knowledge of them becomes so strong, that they do not believe anything they hear, and therefore the honest compliment and assessment start losing their value.
It is important that the compliments are focused on the creation process, rather than on the result itself. You need to help your child understand that they will become better during the process of practicing. Instead of complimenting the result, complimenting the effort is needed. You can tell the child that you like the colours that they have selected for the picture, how inspiring the bright smile of sun is, ect.
According to Dr. Duek, if you focus on delicately and honestly complimenting the process, the child will feel more confident at their creative work, will more easily overcome failures, and will feel satisfied with what they create. Each type of creativity is a deep personal effort. The child demonstrates that they have invested time, enthusiasm and talent, and this is something important for them. Children are sensitive to your reaction and you should not be indifferent and uninterested. “The type of compliments will reflect not only on the confidence of the child but also on how intelligent they will become” – says Dr. Duek.
The next challenge from Raya’s Art Laboratory is duckling that can walk.
This activity develops the fine motor skills, sight-motor coordination, communication, interaction, and fantasy. You can use the duckling in role play and theatre plays.
Here are the steps for creating it:
We draw a large circle (for the body) and a smaller circle (for the head) using a mug.
We cut them out from the paper.
Using a coin, draw two circles in the lower part of the big circle, and cut them out.
Cut two triangles out of colored paper. Use scissors to cut the “feathers”.
Cut out 2 little white circles, and draw the eyes.
Cut out the beak.
Stick the smaller circle to the larger one. Stick the eyes, beak and wings.
If you put your fingers through the two holes, the duckling can start walking.
Raya Tsvetanova is a senior Early Intervention specialist at our Community Support Centre “St. Sofia”
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