Children and Hands-On Learning
|Stack some stones with kids!|
The fiber artist Renate Hiller was interviewed about handwork and kids. I thought it addressed the value of children and gardening perfectly:
"In the past there were all the professions of the shoemaker and the tailor and so on, and that’s also being lost.
If you do practical work somewhere on the school grounds, there is practical work going on. The children will all go to that.
They’re really drawn to that. They want to experience it and however the reality is that there’s less and less of that. In the home, you know you can use already bought vegetables, all chopped up and ready to eat.
There is very little activity like kneading the bread, and you know children grasp first an item and then they grasp with their mind.
So if they have very little to grasp other than plastic readymade toys then what their mind grasps is very little..."