Provide materials that can be used in many ways.
Using a topic of interest to the child, ask the child what she would like to create. Observe as she plans and constructs her product.
The child comes up with an idea of what can be made from the materials available. Freeform materials require the child to visualize possibilities, and then make a plan for construction.
Encourage parents to provide time, space, and encouragement to use freeform materials for creative projects. Discuss what the child created, why, and how she produced it.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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