Art & Play Activities with Kids
Working at Chirag School
Shilp (Craft) Khel (Game) is an effort to create an activity space for children that allows them to explore their inner capabilities as an individual and develops their skills to work along with others without competition, judgment, rewards or punishments.
“The winner sows hatred, the loser suffers. Let go of winning and losing and find joy.” ~ The Buddha Dhammapada
To observe and understand natural abilities of children is more important than to teach or dictate them. They simply need an encouraging as well as an adventurous environment to explore and evolve their inmost being through various ways of learning.
In whatever culture we grow, an appreciable part of our life’s learning has been in childhood through plays, frolicking around, moving around and being engaged in simple games. Later in our lives do subconscious layers of our experience actualize in our being.
The kind of environment we experience in childhood, the kind of stories we hear or the games we play nourish values and special qualities in us. Every action or activity we do transforms us accordingly.
The purpose of Shilp Khel is learning through various art & play activities.
At all levels (physical, intellectual and emotional); playing inculcates therapeutic effects upon us. Freedom in playing games and creating art helps children to discover their interest, learn new skills and develop their overall being.
The purpose of conducting the flexible and open-ended art activities and games is to encourage the natural learning abilities of children and to make their learning a joyous discovery.
Children are allowed to loosen up, play freely, exchange ideas and explore their interest in their own way and at their own pace.
The engagement in the process is always more important than the results.
To encourage children to delve independently into activities of their choice to explore and understand their own nature, expression, capacity and challenges in the work process.
To encourage children to work with a non- competitive spirit in a group to exchange ideas, learn skills and share knowledge for the growth and progress of all.
ACTIVITIES: SET OF KEYWORDS
Natural Elements – Gardening and Landscape – Camping, Cooking and Adventure
Waste Management – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle / Up cycle – Painting & Craft Making
Creating New Games – All sensory modalities (5 Senses) – Fine Motor Activities
Yoga – Explorations of Emotions –Theatre – Dance – Performance Art
Awareness through Body – Sound and Musical Explorations – Movements and Meditation
Mirror Exercises – Centering and Balance Exercises – Observations and Mind Mapping
Basic Physics – Number Games – Permutation and Combinations – Sequences and Series
Audio – Visual and Kinesthetic Explorations – Photo walks – Story Telling and Metaphors