The growth mindset work of Dr. Carol Dweck tells us that our brains are flexible and that we can change how we think about our abilities. We can choose to believe that we can always learn and grow through mistakes (growth mindset) or we can believe that we can’t ever learn to do it right (fixed mindset). That’s big information for preschool children but helpful for you to know as a teacher. Dweck’s work has shown that children develop resilience, perseverance, and self-esteem when they receive praise for their process instead of their results. In this activity, you can celebrate your preschool children’s process as they develop a growth mindset by working through challenges while building their own creation.
Children listen to a story, discuss how the story’s characters keep trying, and then create a challenging art piece by supporting one another.