Holiday Academy we endeavour to augment activities the children already do that are based on their interests and ideas. As children learn these skills they can transfer them to other areas of their life.
As you already know, children need plenty of opportunities for creative play and creative thinking, and at Holiday Academy we endeavour to augment activities the children already do that are based on their interests and ideas. As children learn these skills they can transfer them to other areas of their life.
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Creative play is expressed when children use familiar materials in a new or unusual way, and when they engage in role-playing using their imaginations. Adults might not think much of it, but play is a serious business for all children and playing freely and intuitively is vital to learning on many levels. Learning through play is important for us at Holiday Academy where we like to extend the concepts of the progressive ‘Early Years’ curriculum to all our age-groups. Messy play, for example, is still a wonderful thing for all ages not just 0-5s!
What is Creative Play exactly? Creative play is what children do when they are just being children. Whether it is active play (for example dancing or drama), arts and crafts, or construction play, it is important to positively encourage it as much as possible (including mess and mistakes) as an essential part of their natural growth.
What skills do children develop through creative play?
Some of the benefits and skills kids gain through creative play are:
Intellectual benefits – Creative activities can help to develop basic maths skills such as forming patterns, geometry, measuring and sorting. Arts and craft activities require more complex thinking skills and even though things like mixing specific colours or creating a mosaic pattern seem like simple creative activities, they are quite complex. Without an intellectual component the creativity falls apart. As children learn these skills they can transfer them to other areas of their life as well.
Physical benefits – Working with art materials such as crayons, scissors, paintbrushes, play-dough and paint, promote motor skills and eye / hand coordination.
Emotional benefits – Creative activities provides an outlet for children to express their emotions and to work through them to gain relief and understanding of their emotions. Creativity also fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for them to try new ideas and new ways of thinking and problem solving.
Social benefits – When it comes to children creativity, it is often a social act. Singing, dancing and drama, team sports all teach children to pay attention to others as well as develop an understanding of social rules such as cooperation and compromise.
Linguistic benefits – By engaging in creative projects, children can learn new vocabulary as well as learn to associate pictures with words.
How Can I Encourage Creative Play?
Encouraging creativity in your child does not have to be expensive. Find some recycling material at home are and supplement them with a few of the following:
- Crayons – wax, plastic and oil
- Paints – water and acrylic
- Coloured pencils and felt pens
- Brushes and sponges
- Modelling clay and making your own play-dough
- Stamps and punches
- Paper and cardboard in different colours
- Glues and sticky-tape
Find out more about what equipment and materials are best for a specific age groups here: Equipment for Creative Play.
Incorporate ‘tidy up time’ and with a bit of luck, they might help you clean up the mess!
Find out more about Holiday Academy’s art work shops and classes here