Art & Play Activities with Kids
To observe and understand natural capabilities of children is more important than to teach or dictate them. They simply need an encouraging as well as venturous environment to explore and evolve their inmost being through various ways of learning.
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 among all, without competition or judgment.
In whatever culture we grow, an appreciable part of our life’s learnings have been in childhood through plays, frolicking around, moving abound and being engaged in simple games. Much later in our life do metaphoric layers of these acts 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 in us. The intention of every action or activity we do transform us accordingly.
The organized games that children usually play teach them skills and impart fitness but in an environment of competition, reward and punishments; losing a game discourages a child subconsciously and the ego of being winner also affects adversely.
What use does a skill with an ego have?
What is the real purpose and significance of games?
“The winner sows hatred, the loser suffers. Let go of winning and losing and find joy.” ~ The Dhammapada
At all levels (physical, intellectual and emotional) playing inculcates therapeutic effect upon us. Freedom in creating art and playing games helps children to discover their precious qualities and develop their 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, at their own pace. Engagement in the process would always be given more importance than any expected result.
Children would be encouraged to delve independently into an activity of their choice and capacity. In the process, they can freely explore their own nature, expressions and challenges of work.
Children would be encouraged to work in random groups. This would allow them to learn and understand the value of group spirit in a non- competitive way. It will also serve as an anchor for their subconscious mind to value the collective exchange of ideas and skills for progress of all.
ACTIVITIES: SET OF KEYWORDS
Nature (5 Elements) – Gardening and Landscape – Walk in Woods
Waste Management – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle / Up cycle – Painting & Craft Making
All sensory modalities (5 Senses) – Fine Motor Activities
Explorations of Emotions (9 Rasa) – Dance –Theatre – 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 – Camping, Cooking and Adventure
Photo walks – Story Telling and Metaphors