Today on the blog we’re talking about the benefits of crafting for children. The Early Years Foundation Stage has carried out a study of candle making workshops on children aged 22 – 60 months. The study was to see the personal, social and emotional development, literacy and understanding of the world using candle craft.
Findings from the study
This experiment showed that the children involved wanted to join in when presented with the materials. Using all of their senses to fully immerse themselves in the task, the products used were designed to look appealing to them. Crafting also develops children’s sharing skills when resources are involved and teaches them to work cooperatively together. Supporting ‘turn taking’ and developing a child’s patience teaches them about the fun of learning new experiences. This can be shared as a group and actively promotes individuals self-esteem.
Creating an activity like a candle workshop introduces new vocabulary and encourages children to learn the process of making an item from start to finish. They will be able to use these new words to explain step by step how something is made and what actions are needed to carry out the task.
When used safely at home with a parent or guardian, wax melt kits will enable children to work independently. They will use their key literary skills to decorate and customise their creations, making their work their own. At the end of the process they will be proud of what they have accomplished. They will enjoy giving this gift to their family members which promotes positive relationships in the household.
Further results to consider
As well as strengthening relationships, learning new vocabulary & developing sharing skills, crafting also covers the areas of communication and language. As well as physical development, maths skills and expressive arts and design elements.
Special tools for candle making will be provided and children will be able to explore how colours and smells change as the wax starts to change its form. They will be actively encouraged to ask questions along the way about the process. The activity itself provides lots of opportunity for free, open discussions between the children and supervisors. This means that they can talk about their own personal preferences, the designs of their pendants and the finished product that they have made.
Working with wax & candles introduces children to the risks involved with flammable materials and naked flames. They will develop an understanding of risk in a safe, controlled environment and be able to contribute to their own risk assessment of the activity. As the wax changes from a solid to a liquid, children will be able to learn about the candle melting process. They will learn how the materials used can be manipulated by heat and learn about the textures of the wax and other decorative resources.
Adding decorative elements to this task will encourage children to follow instructions. They will practice such skills as; counting, recognising shapes, using the candle moulds and start to learn how to make comparisons of size as well as quantities.
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