Working with kids has many sides. It can be hard, it can be challenging, you have to plan the day down to the minute, and make sure that you can rearrange your plans depending on the day play out, but most of all it’s good fun, inspiring and amazingly awesome to be let into their world.
As I’ve already written, working with kids have many facets—it can be hard, it can be tricky, it can be hilarious, it can be oh-so-many things, but most of all it’s fun, it is inspiring and it is vital if you want to reach the optimal result with the project.
♦ The good side:
No matter what their age, kids have an insight into, and a view of, how it is to be a kid of their own age that no one, can do the same extent. Figuring out why a certain space works, and why another one doesn’t is something only the kids you work with can tell you. It’s their field of expertise. They know, instinctively, where they prefer to work, where they get inspired and where they feel safe etc. What we, the architects, do is help them define and understand theses spaces by playing games and asking questions.
♦ The bad side:
Kids have an extremely short concentration span! But here is where it’s up to you to make sure to arrange the day in such a way that you can keep them interested. If you notice that the concentration is on an all-time low, take a break, there’s always something you can do, even if it’s just to let them go crazy for 5-10 minutes…!
Our job is to make sure that we create an environment where the doors of imagination can re-open and stay open, and if it helps, let them know that what is called imagination and fantasy now is called creativity or creative thinking later on, and is something older kids study at university!
Kids have this amazing ability to come up with cool and crazy ideas when you give them the possibility You get to see completely new sides of them when you work with them through co-creative design processes. Their way of solving problems, the curiosity to try out things they’ve never tried in school, new methods of learning, working in teams, helping out their peers, and doing things that—at the beginning of the day—they thought they would never be able to do.
This information retrieved from: http://www.core77.com/posts/26201/Working-with-Kids-The-Good-the-Bad-and-the-Awesome
〈 This article opened my eyes on the strengths and limitations of working with kids, how to deal with them, keep them interested, and focused, while I am learning from them how to simplify problems so they could be sorted and fixed in the easiest way.
the most important thing to keep in mind while we are working with kids is how to engage our academic thoughts with those kids dreams and imaginary ideas to bring them into life so they could serve our everyday life.〉