September 11, 2017 Carol Miller

Why Process Art and DIY Science and Crafts Projects are Essential in Kids Development


Do you remember when, as a child, you spent hours upon hours memorizing facts, filling out worksheets, and regurgitation material, only to forget it at the end of the day? Teaching was focused on grades, the results you came up with, and measuring your improvement. It was all black and white; you either knew it or you didn’t.

Teaching was focused on grades, the results you came up with, and measuring your improvement. It was all black and white; you either knew it or you didn’t.

For those of you who are not familiar with the term process art, it is thought of as open ended where children don’t try to make something exactly like an object, and there are not any precise directions.

Process art permits children to explore and create freely; it is such a tremendous way to encourage creative artists. Process art also doesn’t get tiresome because there are no set goals.

Kids can duplicate the same project many times, and they will generate different end products every time.

Process art is entirely about the experience the kids have while they’re creating.

If it has an excellent finished product, that’s a fine outcome, but the end product isn’t the center of process art.

I would describe process art as a creative event that has no expectations or determined outcome. It’s about the experience!

Let’s now define DIY (do it yourself) science and craft projects.

These help kids learn about why something occurs or enable them to make an item using their hands; there are sets of rules and guidelines for the child to follow to make sure the desired result is achieved.

  • DIY science projects teach kids about the world around them.
  • Science involves a lot of communication with other people.
  • Science develops patience and perseverance in kids.
  • It can help kids form a healthy amount of skepticism.
  • Science can spark in kids’ minds that they, too, can assist in resolving significant problems.
  • Crafts enable kids motor skills to develop

In its purest form process, art isn’t focused on an outcome at all

How Do You Start Process Art?

If process art isn’t an activity you’re entirely comfortable with, you need to begin slowly. It does not need to be an extremely complicated endeavor. It just needs to be unrestricted, with more detail paid to how the art is crafted, rather than what you want it to look like when finished. Items that are recognizable to both you and your kids will make the transition easier; these can include crayons, highlighters, pencils, or markers.

Remember that process art for kids, like any childhood activity, can get messy. Having a plan in place to deal with that mess is crucial. Access to a water faucet is preferable, and objects like baby wipes work in a squeeze if you’re not right by water. Consider something to protect the children’s clothing like an apron. Keep in mind to maintain the mess off the floor, if that’s a cause for anxiety, and have a place to dry artwork.

If the activity gets untidy, accept that this is part of the process!

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Why Is Process Art Important For Kids?

Children discover through play and open-ended activities. It allows them the opportunity to investigate the world around them, ask questions, and figure out how things work.

Process art corresponds with how children learn because it gives them room to be themselves, makes their own decisions, and just create!

Below is some of the learning that can place via process art activities:

  • Combined motor skills and coordination
  • Sensory exploration
  • Creativity and self-expression
  • Art techniques
  • Fine motor skills
  • Taking risks
  • Space analysis
  • Reading comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Language
  • Art history

If You Have A Lack Of Process Art Experience, Don’t Worry

For those who are short of experience with process-focused art, it can feel overwhelming and unproductive initially.

To provide valuable process-focused art experiences for kids, you have to start at the beginning and invite the children to easily explore the materials you provide.

As the kids are given the autonomy and time to explore the materials, their skills and abilities to fruitfully manage and creatively use those supplies will multiply over time.

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I Can’t Validate The Process

Another reason parents and teachers resist to moving from product to process-focused art is the inability to verify the process.

Trying to explain why some of the artwork coming home resembles one giant blob after another can be difficult.

A piece of advice that will help with this is to start explaining in the planning phase. When diagramming an art activity, answer the question; “what will the child do?” instead of “what will he or she make?”

This will help you spotlight the process and then talk about the procedure with other inquiring minds.

“The kids figured out that…” or “We are making significant progress on…” or “We explored the use of…” versus “What did the children make today?”

Describing the process will naturally lead to a conversation on what the kids learned or achieved from the activity and kept the conversations open ended and focused on development and growth.

Younger kids stay absorbed longer when offered process based art projects, which concentrate more on the act of creating art rather than the completed creation. 

Open-ended art activities allow you to follow your child’s lead during the process, which is ideal for promoting natural speech. Messy art projects, such as hand painting, enable you to take advantage of the benefits of sensory play for verbal motivation.

Art activities are crammed with opportunities to perform existing vocabulary and bring in new words.

At the most real level, kids can discuss the sensory aspects of the process, including the sights and textures; even smells and sounds they encounter during their experience can be verbally dissected.

They can also expand verb usage by describing their procedures.

Children can discuss the aesthetic fundamentals of their art during and after they make it.

They can talk about patterns, lines, and shapes they may see within their artwork, including the colors and textures.

You can also take the occasion to use vocabulary related to space aspects, size, and placement when conversing with a child about their art.

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An excellent way to support connected speech is to have the children recap the steps of the experience after they are finished.

Children love to be able to talk about their day, and parents can use a chalkboard as a journal if they don’t quite catch up to what they are thinking.

Feel free to take photos of each step of a child’s process art process and have them put them in the correct order to describe the process.

They can tell the story again using the photos as a guide.

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Learning To Create And Understand Visual Aesthetics May Be More Important Than Ever To The Growth Of The Next Generation Of Kids As They Get Older.

What Are The Developmental Advantages Of Art?

  • Motor skills: Many of the movements involved in creating art, such as holding a crayon or scribbling with a brush, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young kids.
  • Language development: For very young children, discussing and making art, provides opportunities to learn phrases for actions, shapes, and colors. When children are as little as one year old, parents can do straightforward activities such as scrunching up notepad paper and calling it a ‘ball.’
  • Inventiveness: When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in crafting art, they develop a sensation of innovation that will be substantial in their grown up lives.
  • Cultural awareness: As we live in an increasingly culturally and racially diverse society, the images of various groups in the media may also present mixed messages. Educating children to recognize the choices an artist or designer makes in depicting an individual helps children comprehend the concept that what they see may be someone’s explanation of reality.
  • Improved academic performance: Children who regularly partake in the arts are more likely to participate in a math and science fair, to be recognized for academic achievement, or to win an award for a writing assignment than kids who don’t partake.
  • Decision making: Education fortifies problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The experience of formulating decisions and choices in the course of constructing art carries over into other parts of life.
  • Visual learning: Drawing, painting with a brush and kneading clay all develop visual space skills. This information consists of signals that we get from pictures or 3D objects from books, digital media, and television.

What Is The Different Between Process And Product?

  • Not having bulletin boards covered with 22 dogs that are the same and you comment, “But I let them glue the tails wherever the kids wanted.”
  • Not making the children do art; they want to do it
  • Having lots of paper available
  • Seeing the potential of painting with things other than brushes
  • No more dittos, arrangements and cut out art
  • A photocopy machine is not required
  • The art does not have to look like anything
  • Not making models or examples for the children
  • Not drawing for the child
  • Refraining from too much commentary

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What is the Difference Between DIY Science and Crafts versus Process Art?

It’s often thought that young children will produce cute crafts to bring home.

There’s nothing wrong with crafts, and they can help improve fine motor skills, as well as listening skills, and many children certainly enjoy them.

However, crafts focus more on a particular result leaving children little or no room to diverge from the plan. At the end of a do it yourself craft, each piece will look almost the same to every other’s product.

Crafts also put more of the preparation and labor on the parent or teacher’s shoulders.

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Craft ideas can be deciphered into a process-based art experience with some alterations.

You can give the kids the same standard materials you would have used for a craft, but let the children direct the creation.

You’ll still have an end product, but they will just have more character!

Do it yourself science and crafts might involve a lot of talking and listening to others and it develops patience. A lot of the times, projects in science don’t happen too quickly.

They help kids to think about what could happen before they do it and then create a hypothesis in their mind. Children often learn that not everything works on the 1st try.

Some experiments utterly fail, and you have to find out what the problem is, and try again and again.

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Project-based learning is based on the ‘constructivist’ educational theory, which discovers that learning is deeper and more meaningful when kids are involved in building their knowledge.

Children are given a chance to select a topic that interests them within the mandatory content structure, and they are responsible for creating their project plan. Despite the substantial potential, project-based education is not without its challenges.

Project management, whether it is in the classroom or on the job, requires skills, structure, and process. This innovative educational method will not be widely adopted by students or teachers because it lacks adequate support.

Educators need help in choosing appropriate project based educational content and introducing, managing and assessing learning projects that support their required curriculum standards.

If your teacher tells you there is going to be a group project, you understand what’s coming next in the classroom.

Occasionally, dividing into small teams carries on as long as the class does.

Other times, it indicates the start of a “group project” — which means you’ll be collaborating with a few classmates for a day, a week, or longer on an assignment.

Few of us act solo in the real world. The majority of things are done with the ideas or help of other individuals. Group projects are fantastic practice for high school, college, and everyday life when you will most likely have employment that requires working with others.

Right now, group projects can be fun, and they often allow you to do a bigger, more exciting project than you could alone. With teamwork, you can learn more in less time.

Group projects also give you a chance to get to know kids you might not otherwise know or talk to

Group projects are also a superb way to practice skills children are not confident with working solo.

These include working on a deadline, staying organized, and being patient.

If a child is uncomfortable with public speaking, a group science or craft project can help overcome this fear.

In conclusion, there is a time and place for both process art and science and craft projects, including project management with project-based learning.

Each method develops specific skills that kids need to develop to become competent young adults.

A sprinkling of these learning techniques will promote a well-rounded child who can be creative but also follow instructions.

These skills are some of the keys to having a child that can adapt to different situations and flourish in many surroundings.