Teachers know that students LOVE to create adorable classroom decorations. Whether they are snowman in the winter, hearts in February, or pumpkins in October, the options are endless. However, the goal of teachers is to inspire students to love learning. Therefore, it is imperative to implement crafts with intended purposes in the classroom. By doing this, kindergarten crafts are educational while being highly engaging and exciting!
Educational Benefits of Kindergarten Crafts
Every minute is so valuable in the classroom. Due to this, it is vital to ensure that every lesson and activity has an academic focus. However, students need engaging aspects to stay focused on the material. Thankfully, kindergarten crafts create the perfect solution.
Teachers can plan crafts that focus on practicing a variety of skills, including:
Following Directions: Often, crafts have a step-by-step process to follow. Thus, students practice the always important skill of following directions. Honestly, this skill is essential in life, so it is crucial to practice.
Fine Motor Skills: There is a TON of fine motor practice in any type of craft! Students can practice cutting, pasting, pencil grasp, tracing, and staying inside the lines all in one activity.
Collaborative Conversations: While students are working, it is the perfect time to build and foster a classroom community. Students can work while getting to know their classrooms. Even better, as seats are changed throughout the year, students can get to know every single person in their class!
Foster Creativity: While there are directions to follow on a craft, there is much flexibility in the design process. This means that students can use the provided materials in the way they want. For instance, it may be using specific colors, glitter, or stickers!
Academic Focus: All of my kindergarten crafts have an additional academic skill attached. For instance, it may be writing about the theme of the craft. Or, it may be about counting a certain number of items. Additionally, it may be about practicing names. Honestly, there are many ways to add in an academic focus while working on fun kindergarten crafts.
Kindergarten Craft Options
Since time is limited each day, my crafts include exciting projects with multiple ways to practice different skills.
Counting to 5 is a huge accomplishment! Therefore, this rainbow craft will display your students’ ability to count to 5. However, it also means students are placing numbers correctly and cutting/pasting! This simple craft will make students so proud as they get to showcase their learning.
This bundle is filled with FUN ways to practice essential skills! Whether cutting or learning how to clean up, every kindergarten craft is exciting and educational. This bundle includes eight different crafts students will love. For instance, students will practice their name with a Bubble Gum craft. Additionally, they will complete an ice cream craft with a writing reflection and count to 5 focus. Furthermore, each one makes the perfect bulletin board craft! Thus, students can show off their incredible learning and fine motor practice.
Truly, kindergarten crafts cannot just be about creating something cute. There is too much to get through in the course of one year to do this. However, students love crafts and art! Therefore, they need to have intended purposes. Since there are so many crafts to use, it is essential to analyze each one. By doing this, it will ensure that students are working on improving their academic skills while having the best time!
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