Craft lessons, including construction, are a regular part of weekly life in Aspect kindergarten. They are conducted in English. Children learn to use their hands as well as their brains and they practice their fine motor-skills in the craft sessions. For example, children learn origami, the Japanese paper-folding art. They are shown how to make boats, birds, and even butterflies – using origami techniques.
Other than paper, many other substances are also used in crafts, notably cardboard, plastic, cloth, metal foil, rubber bands, clay, paint and glue, sticky tape, decorative stars, string, transparent sheets, autumn leaves, and even raw potatoes or carrots ( as the photo printed here shows)! These are mixed appropriately to produce flowers, birthday or other greeting cards, picture frames, necklaces, animals, cars, folding puzzles, and many other items. Some children have difficulty in using scissors, and learning how to use scissors is one of the great benefits of craft lessons. Using glue or sticky tape is another tricky operation which craft lessons make easier.
Normally each child produces his/her own model or other item, and takes it home to show parents. Sometimes, however, it is possible to engage the whole class in one larger project, as shown in these photos of a model town (about 2 square meters in area), produced and constructed last year by the combined efforts of eighteen children. Each child made a house, or a boat, or a bridge, or church, etc., and these were glued to the town base sheet, as these photos show. Everyone was pleased with the result. A complete list of craft projects is available on request at the main office of the Aspect kindergarten.