M is for Milestones

13 Apr

Club Creative Studio has a focus on creativity and today’s post topic is about expected CREATIVE MILESTONES.  The A to Z blog challenge has me blogging with a topic each day beginning with an alphabet letter.  Today’s letter “M” stands for milestones. Dealing with child development, do you know the creative milestones children strive for from ages 0-6?

Milestones in child creativity development are important.  As your child scribbles with crayons, chalk, pencils or markers and the like: they are developing their creativity. As they make collages with papers, noodles or buttons, etc., they are developing in creativity.  Whatever the craft or activity like building with blocks or playing with puppets, a child is taking the time to develop ideas about the world and they are learning new ways to communicate thoughts, feelings, interests. They can build upon these skills later in life.

My daughter concentrates on painting gloss on her beads.

As naturally creative children grow, so do their abilities.  Children begin to express their feelings, and ideas in visual ways.  Although there is a wide range of what is “normal” when it comes to creative expressions of children, there are things that you can do as an adult to encourage creative growth and ability to have children reach creative milestones.

 Possibly the best way you can support a young child in growing creativity is to foster and encourage their own sense of creativity and love of art-making and creating.  Offer praise in the form of approval of the process over the finished product. building confidence and then later building on skill level is the key to development of creative confidence.

Creative thinking skills generally develop in stages and ages. Remembering variety from child to child, take a look at suggestions for what you might do after what you may view.

Here are some things to look for that your child may do, with actions that you may support.                                                                        

Ages 0-2:   
Notice light and dark colors, shapes, movement, texture and patterns. Point out visually interesting sights and talk about them
Use senses, and feelings and interpret the world with them.  Share books with many illustrations or photographs
Communicates with gestures, facial expressions and cries.  Encourage child to observe carefully
Communicates with words and phrases.  Encourage with expression
Begins to scribble after 15 months or so.  Offer appropriate art items that are easy to hold for small hands
Ages 3-4:      
Discover making marks on paper represents an objects feature.  Offer blocks, crayons, finger paint, new materials=new ways
Draws recognizable shapes and combinations of those shapes.  Avoid suggestions that imply a “correct” way of expression
Creates with a specific intention: wanting to draw a  (item). Be enthusiastic , your interest is an influence to confidence
Ages 5-6:      
Attempts graphic symbols to represent objects.  Celebrate the arts mount and display art in prominent places
Developing a personal style.  Listen to their stories about their art, help them expand thoughts
Visually represents emotions such as joy, sadness, anger.  Accept self-expressions and preferences to express art mediums
Creates more complex pictures,stories and scenes.  Date art or make notes to document clearly


When your child becomes school aged, visit the classroom to see first hand progress through their paintings for example.  Support their developments with ongoing learning from home. Foster their creativity, independence and thoughts expressed through art to help them grow up, develop in creativity and reach their creative milestones.


8 Responses to “M is for Milestones”

  1. clubcreativestudio April 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM #

    Thanks for stopping by. Blogging everyday has been a challenge and I have to catch up at this point. When life gets in the “way” of blogging, adjustments have to be made. Too bad I have to make so many adjsutments at this point but, I am not totally discouraged that I am behind. Today is a new day.

  2. clubcreativestudio April 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM #

    Keep up the good work supporting your little ones, Kathleen. It is so important to encourage the budding artists in your life. Hopefully you can also lead by example.

  3. clubcreativestudio April 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM #

    Thanks Ruby, I agree that we are surrounded by creative people and creativity. It is a matter of allowing it to flow. Life has been getting in the way of blogging but, today the goal is to catch up to where all the other bloggers are in the alphabet. My intentions are good to be creative everyday but, sometimes it doesn’t expand to the creative writing or blogging section of my life. I did miss and even felt guilty for not getting my blogs out, but I will try to get motivated and productive in the next few days. Happy blogging to you too! Hand in there with the challenge!

  4. Ruby Young April 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM #

    Hi, when a person possesses creativity, it is going to be evident sooner or later. A creative person just can’t help it, they gotta create. I hope you can catch up to the rest of the A to Z; your posts are quite informative and interesting. Best regards to you. Ruby aka Grammy

  5. Kathleen O'Mara April 19, 2012 at 5:13 AM #

    Always exciting to watch kids grow into their talent. My 3 are musicians, artists & writers. It’s been fun watching & providing the supplies for them to play 🙂

  6. sharkbytes April 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM #

    Great info to have. We seldom think about these kinds of milestones. I’m trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.


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