Making Sense of Creative Fun with Crafts
Everything we do and how we respond to this sensory-rich world we’re all living in is unconsciously received by our senses and organized by our brains. This process of organizing sensations for use in everyday life is called sensory processing. Sensory processing plays a key role in a child’s development. Babies and children learn through their senses. The senses give their bodies information about the world they interact with and their brains then organizes it and gives meaning to it.
Sensory processing is sometimes called sensory integration or SI.
Why our classes and clubs are rich in creativity and sensory properties?
Children learn through play and experience. They learn about their bodies, their feelings, thoughts and how to relate to others. Through play children experience different sensations and feelings that literally build new connections and structures in their brains which are important for future learning and experience.
Having fun is a key element in development of a happy and confident child. When children are doing something that they enjoy, their brains releases the “happy hormones” that help them to stay focused and attentive. When children are having fun they more likely to push through challenges and attempt to solve problems.
Through the fun craft program you are offering your child experiences that will be engaging his whole brain and therefore laying the groundwork for further development and learning.
Each activity in modules presented in Kidazzle® Kids Craft Academy is specifically designed to stimulate development in the following areas:
Through our skin, ears, mouth, eyes and nose we receive information about the world around us. These are the five commonly known senses. But we also have senses that are hidden (the receptors are located inside our body) and not so commonly referred to. We can divide sensations in the following way:
1. Sensations that provide information from the environment via the body:
|Sight (Visual Sense)|
|Sound (Auditory Sense)|
|Smell (Olfactory Sense)|
|Touch (Tactile Sense)|
|Taste (Gustory Sense)|
2. Sensations that provide information about our when, where and how our bodies are moving in relation to space:
• Movement sense (vestibular sense)
• Body sense (proprioceptive sense)
Activities in each module of the Kidazzle® Kids Craft Academy:
Classes are structured so that students have sensory experiences of items and mediums used in projects.
Our classes are characterised by:
a. Age specific projects (including sensory experiences and awareness)
b. Movement activities
c. Children gets a sense of accomplishment
d. Completed projects go home – a reminder of the fun and accomplishment!
3. Emotional development
Children aren’t born to cope with “big feelings” such as frustration, annoyance, anger, sadness, disappointment, fear as well as excitement and delight.
Our program and clubs help children in dealing with these big feelings by:
• Allowing opportunities for the experience of big feelings in a safe environment;
• Acknowledging big feelings by being warm, attentive and affectionate.
4. Thinking skills
Our program as well as the interaction will the children will provide opportunities for the development of age-appropriate thinking skills.
Thinking skills will be challenged and developed in every module, and will include:
a. Planning of projects.
b. Experience of the process.
c. Problem solving
d. Reflection –reflect on the process and outcome, and realisation that every outcome is valuable!