With autumn upon us it's a great time to remind ourselves why art and self expression are vital to children's development.
The APFS Christmas Card Project champions creativity in the classroom by celebrating individual efforts and giving children the opportunity to have their festive designs professionally printed, to share with friends and families.
Art Projects for Schools believes in raising the profile of art for children, and making it accessible to all, whilst strengthening and supporting school communities.
Working with primary schools across the UK over the last 15 years, the company has helped to raise over £4.7m to date in fundraising, and that is set to grow this year.
Within the classroom, there are multiple learning opportunities that can be supported with the APFS Christmas Card Project:
Bring multiple learning and sensory experiences together to create a physical output of cards, gift-wrap and gift-tags. Giving children the freedom to explore their imagination can be just the motivation they need; let them be little as they create.
Increase confidence and self esteem
Creativity is a wonderful way to nurture individuality and praise efforts, as there is no ‘right way’ when it comes to art. When creating Christmas card designs, targets and criteria can be forgotten and the fun can really begin for our mini artists.
Learn through play
AFPS believes the most important part of creating is not the finished project – it’s the process. Kids love getting messy. Being sticky. Changing the rules. Doing things their way. It also provides a wealth of opportunity to develop gross and motor skills, whether practising pencil grip or mastering scissors, especially in the early years.
Build social skills
Writing and sending cards are naturally social activities, and a lovely way to open up conversations about different relationships within our children’s lives. Who would they like to send cards to? What will their message be? Who would they love a card from?
To further simplify the project for organisers, over the last few years APFS has developed an online ordering system, allowing parents to easily order through its animated web shop, which reduces admin and paperwork – keeping the focus on the creativity! Take a look at its online resources for further inspiration and curriculum-based tutorials.
If you would like any further information, or a sample pack, simply visit artprojectsforschools.org.uk/christmas-cards-for-schools or call freephone 0800 027 1939 to talk to one of the customer service team.