Creative Learning and Development in Preschool
Creative activities have a central role in the overall learning and development for preschoolers. Toddlers of the age 3-5 enjoy expressing their ideas and exploring the world around them through colours, their attire, language and movement.
The formative years in a child’s life shows a lot of creative development. Your child’s imagination is still developing and you should utilise this time to foster creativity in them.
You can start by encouraging your child to express their feelings and keep open lines of communication. Extracurriculars like dancing helps the preschooler develop, practise and improve their coordination & motor skills.
Children begin to make sense of sounds before they leave the womb and the first response to it is through movement of their body. Read on to see how Creative Learning affects your preschooler’s overall development:
If your preschooler is inclined to express through acting you will often see her/him use new characters as the basis for her/his drama. One moment she’s a queen eating bread and honey, and the next you’ve got a little cow jumping over the moon!
Playing a role and seeing the world from someone else’s point of view can help your child to make sense of the world that he/she sees around them and expressing their feelings.
Dramatic storytelling also builds the child’s vocabulary, pushes them to use their imagination and learn about the structure of stories. Preschoolers often get completely involved in stories too. For example, when you read your preschooler a story, you might notice him/her moving his/her arms, legs or face and miming what’s happening in the story.
Visual art experiences help children develop skills such as critical thinking, self-expression, problem-solving, communication and collaboration. Our teachers at Arwachin Public School focus on process-based art education, in which the experience of creating art is valued over the end product.
In our classrooms, teachers integrate art into many aspects of our Learning curriculum. After reading a book about polar bears, teachers might ask students to create their own polar bears using sponges, paint, markers and paper. They encourage students to talk about their art, providing a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary, particularly words related to colours, shapes, textures, and emotions.
Our students are also exposed to and inspired by famous artwork. In order to cultivate that fascination, we discuss famous artists and artworks and ask students to create replicas of well-known paintings and sculptures.
Music can help stimulate your preschooler’s imagination, one of the key components of the creative process. Listening to a song they love or fully immersing themselves in a piece of beautiful music can affect their mood, create images in their mind, and open them up to new ideas.
Singing along also helps children understand the differences between fast and slow, long and short, and loud and soft.
When a child dances, they learn about how their body can move. They experiment with a range of motions from natural walking, sliding and jumping, to movements like twisting, bobbing and bending. Dancing uses different muscles than simply standing and walking around does, which strengthens your preschooler. Through dance, children learn to coordinate and control their bodies and the movement helps them develop spatial awareness. They also begin to pay more attention to others sharing the space.