I have never been a fan of “cookie cutter” projects. I do understand value in children understanding how to follow directions, but I also try to make sure that even with the craft projects we do, children have lots of choices in order to use their own creativity.
I always think more about this concept when it is nearing Halloween. One of my undergraduate professor’s at Northern Michigan University always used the example of Halloween pumpkins/Jack-o-lanterns as a very common cookie cutter project. I even remember one year a group of students covering the door to her office with identical looking paper cut-outs. I don’t think a year has gone by where I have not thought about her and the cookie cutter pumpkins this time of year.
Art of course, it about the process, it is an opportunity to learn through exploration of materials and to find your own personal way to express yourself. There are no rules, no limits….. in art, anything is possible.
In art, pumpkins can be any shape.