Creative Art as a tool for developing child's creativity
The world of the preschooler and early schooler is one of imagination and magic. For many children, their creativity will reach its peak before the age of ten, after which it will begin to decline with the onset of formal schooling and the developmental drive towards conformity.
However, supporting your child’s creativity in preschool and early school sets the stage to foster its continued development in the years beyond.
By the age of three, children have officially entered Piaget’s preoperational period, the hallmark of which is the ability to use symbols and representational thought (e.g., have one thing — like a word, drawing, or item) to represent something else (e.g., like the letters “horse,” or picture of a horse, or even a stick with a sock on it, all representing an actual horse). The three year old discovers that he can place blocks in an arrangement, or scribble lines on a paper in way that represents an object or action. His fine motor skills are developed enough that he can control writing utensils or manipulate objects with more precision, which develops further over the preschool years. Children this age begin to create with intention — purposefully drawing a monster or a flower.
By the time they are 5, many children add details and annotate with words and narrated stories.With these newfound representational abilities, children’s imaginations become boundless! They love pretend games and have a natural tendency to fantasize, experiment, and explore. They are fascinated with magic and struggle to distinguish between fantasy and reality. However, their creative drive ignites a desire to learn and supports intellectual development across all subjects. Thus, it is the perfect time to support the development of divergent thinking—where children generate unique solutions and make new connections without being tied to “the” one right answer or way of doing things (convergent thinking).
Supporting divergent thinking means providing activities that allow for child appropriate inquiry, reflection, wondering, curiosity, and even supported confusion. Divergent thinking, and hence creativity and creative problem solving, are more than art — it is thinking, predicting, imagining, and creating.
We use drawings, play dough and applique techniques as tools for developing children's creativity. During the lessons we use different materials- to marine picture we will add sand and shells , for the nest – feathers and small branches, claun’s hair can be made of anything we find.
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