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Creative Play Time

31 Jul

Club Creative Studio shares information about creativity in this blog and each Tuesday is reserved for learning about a low-cost thought or project.  Creativity never has to be expensive.  For this reason, creativity is available to many when you call upon simple or commonly used items to help you in the process.

The ideas today stem from a few different places. First, I recall my own childhood memories of using creativity during play and secondly, I share a few ideas for you to use at home to help spark children into more creative play, specifically when they are making tents, or forts from furniture and cushions. Make sure you view the video, it is awesome!

Imagination sometimes needs a gentle push. It takes courage to be creative.  It takes confidence to step outside the lines, do things in a unique way and be different. Even in playtime situations, it is sometimes difficult to do what you feel like doing and act out of the norm.  When we use our imagination as children, we are free. We know no boundaries and we are expressive in thought, process and play.  We are free to be bolder, and maybe even happier as we transform to a place that is exactly how we want it to be and no one else!

I remember as a young one, using out outdoor clothes line as a supportive structure for a home-made tent.  I took two people to make this “house” but, simply tossing a large blanket across the wires and then securing the ends of the blanket to sticks in the ground created the “walls”.  Pillows and other blankets were needed to make the playhouse more comfy, this was truly a low-cost, low-budget way of being creative making an outside fort.

I hope that you had the chances to make forts or tents when you were growing up.  If you allow children in your home to use the existing furniture for their imaginative play, they will return the favor with hours of “out-of-sight” play periods.  See what is created when you let them use their own logic in construction.  Making a tent can become their little escape area where although you can still hear them inside a blanket structure, you can also allow them to be out of your direct line of vision, but you still know exactly where they are and what they are doing.  It is a hide away in their make-believe land, and you can share in the fun of constructing or touring it as well , if you are allowed, that is!

Creating an island for your children can be as easy as helping them use the couch cushions or a large sheet to drape across two chairs or the dining room table.  Who wouldn’t love to find a little area all to themselves with peace and quiet? I think as an adult, I might even appreciate my own tent nook to hide with a good book or earphones what about you?

Allowing your children to “hide” from the real world gives them some freedom to be creative in their own personal space.

Let me know if this blog post brought pleasant memories back to you. If you did not grow up constructing your own hid-away place with a sheet and a few chairs what is stopping you from doing this NOW?????

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.

 

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