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The Curious Case of "Craptivities" 

November 17, 2023
4 minute read

As I was mindlessly scrolling social media while drinking my morning cuppa, I came across several posts using this derogatory and negative term..."craptivities". 

It's been doing the rounds for a few years, especially during the Christmas season, as early years professionals toss it around to share their thoughts on certain activities. So, with a roll of my eyes, I felt I needed to address this notion, looking at both the pros and cons and taking a cheerful dive into the world of early years education, exploring the dynamic dance between adult-led and child-led activities. 

The Playtime Pioneers: Vygotsky and Piaget 

Picture this: Vygotsky and Piaget, the rockstars of early childhood theories. Vygotsky is all about social interaction and a bit of hand-holding from our wise adult practitioners, while Piaget champions the idea of the children taking the lead, exploring, and figuring things out for themselves. It's like a duo performance, each bringing their own flavour to the educational stage. These play pioneers recognised that it’s not a one size fits all approach but a beautiful blend of professional practice, adult teaching, enquiry led learning and facilitating the needs of each unique child.  

Why "Craptivities" Might Be Missing the Point 

Now, about the "craptivities" buzz. It seems like there's some grumbling about certain activities being too... blah. But not all children start with the same set of experiences. Some might need a bit more guidance, and that's okay! It's like levelling the playing field, making sure everyone gets a chance to shine in the learning spotlight. When a child is faced with a range of craft resources to design a Christmas card of their choosing, where will they start? They start by pulling on their prior experiences, using their cultural capital as their starting point, which we know will be different for all children. Some will revel in the experience, while some will have no prior understanding to draw on. And that’s where the balance lies!  

Each child is unique and will need a different level of adult guidance and support. It's like an old school mixtape (hands up if you’re old enough to know what I’m referring to) — some adult-led, some child-led tracks, creating a groovy harmony of learning. Adult-led activities bring structure and introduce new ideas and concepts, while child-led adventures let the little one's shine, bringing their creativity and independence to the forefront. 

Let's Change the Tune 

"Craptivities" sounds like it's been dipped in negativity sauce, doesn't it? Instead of this negative discourse about adult-led activities, how about we toss around more positive vibes? After all, we're in this together, navigating the wild, wonderful world of early childhood education. 

As we unravel the "craptivities" mystery, let's not forget the power of teamwork. Instead of raining on each other’s parade, let's share thoughts, learn from each other, and build an atmosphere where every early childhood hero feels supported. It's like crafting a masterpiece together, with each unique voice adding to the wonderful opportunities we provide for your children.  

A Kinder, Happier Narrative 

So, what's the scoop on "craptivities"? It's a reminder to keep our conversations friendly, understand the diverse needs of our young children, and embrace the magic of both adult-led and child-led activities. As we journey through the twists and turns of early years education, let's sprinkle a little more kindness, a dash of collaboration, and a whole lot of fun into the mix. After all, learning is an adventure, and we're all in it for the joy ride! 

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