How often do you let your child lead the way with crafting?
I'm guessing that the older your child and the more comfortable you are with mess the more likely it is that you let them lead the way. The younger they are and the more pristine you like to keep the nest, the less likely that they get free rein.
Up until now I've mostly led the way to some extent. Either I've told them what we are making (such as with the snowmen and the Christmas tree decorations, or I've just decided on the equipment or media and let them get on with it, such as with our shell sculpture, or pipe cleaner people.
Sometimes C has asked for particular items, but up until now he's been a bit aimless, and just been sticking or cutting randomly.
This week was the first time that he's had a very particular end in mind, and has come asking for the bits and pieces he needed. He had an interesting stick which he had found in the garden and brought into the house. He left it to dry on the radiator for a couple of hours. At the beginning of quiet time he requested "some sparkly things and some glue". When I asked what for, he said he wanted to make a sparkly stick as a present for Santa. I suggested that he might want something to stick the stick into so that it would stand up, so he also asked for some playdough and a little pot. I provided the goodies and left him to it. A little while later he reappeared and asked for a wet cloth so that he could wipe the glue off his fingers.
Here's the result:
Isn't it awesome?! He came up with this all by himself, and he's only three and a half. He is adamant that its a gift for Santa and that we need to take it with us to leave with the beer and mince pie that we leave out for the big man on Christmas Eve. I just love him so much. He makes me proud.