The creative activity allows you to express your uniqueness. You are creative whenever you make something new or do your own version of a thing. It could be a song, a poem, a DJ mix, a painting a dance or anything.
The world today is staggered under the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the rest of the society, millions of school-going students wrestle to adjust to the changes forced onto the social system by the pandemic. The formal education system has suffered categorical disruptions, throwing the students’ routine out of gear.
In this challenging milieu, one urgently needs to focus on the mental and physical health of this endangered part of society, our children. A creative activity is a best way to remove all stress, feeling confident.
Play is particularly important for the younger children. Preschool children learn through the National Curriculum, which is essentially play-based. It is the foundation of childhood development in terms of language, emotional intelligence and regulation, creativity, and intellectual reasoning.
What is Play?
Before we consider which activities are best for helping children to learn through play, let’s address what is play?
The books “Einstein Never Used Flashcard"s by Golinkoff, Hirsh-Pasek, and Eyer breaks play down into the below core elements. Play must:
However, some activities have more play potential than others and are worth establishing in their own right. The adult provides the space. Resources and time.
Sand play a fantastic opportunity for the foundations of scientific learning and grow self-confidence and physical development. Scooping, digging, pouring, and sifting, teach children how things work, whilst also building their muscles and coordination. Done alongside a little pal, and it becomes about teamwork, sharing, and social skills.
Similar to sand play, water play enables children to experiment in a safe environment with basic concepts such as volume. Additionally, water play is great for the learning the consequences of actions. Add in some hand-eye coordination and physical strength, and water play is a firm favorite.
Drawing and painting
Letting children run wild with paints and drawing tools allows them to experience their world in a sensory way and develop self-expression, whilst also developing pre-writing skills. Furthermore, it’s an invitation to learn about colors, mixing, and good-old tidying up!
Blocks, Jigsaws, and Shape Sorter
Playing with blocks, Jigsaws, and shape sorters all lay the foundations of spatial thinking, logical reasoning, ordering, and recognizing various shapes, sizes, and colors.
Music, Dancing, and Singing
Singing and music hugely help to develop language and form the basis of literacy skills, as well as basic mathematical concepts such as counting. Furthermore, they begin to develop rhythm, whilst also refining their listening skills. Dancing helps the child develop strength and coordination, and flexibility.
Basic Board Games
There are so many board games available for even the youngest players, and these should be embraced – not only for their fun factor but for their learning potential. In addition to the themes of numbers, colors, shapes, and early phonics, these games are vital for teaching children turn-taking and sharing.
Cooking and pretend-cooking
Cooking, and pretend cooking, serving, and shops, are great play scenarios for kids. Cooking itself combines elements of sensory play, mathematical concepts, home safety, and following processes. Pretend cooking, serving, and toy shops also teach basic mathematical ideas as well as social interaction, and how to be thoughtful to others.
The Cardboard Box
Yes really! The humble cardboard box is one of the most unbelievable invitations to play. Will it be a house, a car, a home for their cuddlies? Provide them with scraps of fabrics, cushions, pencils, and paper plates and watch them explore their world, enter their imagination, and begin thinking like an engineer.
In a nutshell, sensory play is any play activity that involves touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. This can be provided with a plate of jelly, aqua beads, ice, rainbow rice, or even small world tubs. Sensory play stimulates exploration and the building blocks of science and investigation.
Creativity for kids
Ways to boost a child’s creative thinking
Make toy Crafts kits with your kids
Encourage kids to use Building Toys
Use Apps, games, and Gadgets
Use indoor Jungle Gyms
Make a photo booth
Encourage Reading and Storytelling
Every child is born creative and imaginative, but this capacity can be restrained if kids have no space to behave imaginatively and release their creative energy. They need opportunities and materials that give creative experiences. Creative activities for kids are endless. The more varied and multifaceted experiences kids have, the wider range of creative expression they gain in their early years.