This article describes why creative activities and development are important in Early Childhood. How can this information be applied to children on the spectrum in particular?
Creative Development in Early Childhood
By Kerri Miller, eHow Contributor
updated: April 30, 2010
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Through play, children learn and become creative
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Through simple everyday actions and play, young children develop physical, social, intellectual, emotional and creative abilities known as creative development. Early childhood education often focuses on children learning creative abilities through play. Children's creative abilities may be explored through their ideas, curiosity and feelings towards the arts, movement, music and imaginative play. Children of all ages delight in expressing their ideas through sounds, colors, shapes and role-playing activities. Creativity in children can be developed by engaging them in activities that enable them share their ideas, thoughts and feelings. There are different aspects of creative development in children.
Emotional creativity is a measure of how children respond to their environment, the objects and people around them. Children respond in different ways to what they see, hear and touch. They can also communicate their own feelings due to the nature of their surroundings. Center-based child care arrangements may help develop social skills in young children and prepare them for kindergarten. The interaction with other children their own age goes a long way in improving social skills and people acceptance in kids.
Exploring Media and Materials
Exploring media and materials is the aspect of a child's creative development in which his reaction to media, pictures, toys and three-dimensional objects are observed. Toys like building blocks and representations of television characters can help a child develop creative instincts. For example, many dolls and action figures can be distinguished as characters from a fictional world rather than real objects or people. The role of media and materials cannot be overemphasized in regard to creativity in children. Positive building skills and role play are developed by providing proper toys for kids.
Creative Imagination and Imaginative Play
Creative imagination and imaginative play in young children deal with how they respond to dance, stories, music, role-playing and art. Imaginative writing and drawing characters go a long way in developing a child's creativity. Dealing with different colors and painting pictures of different characters build the child's mind and improves her ability to test different color variations. The creative arts have a significant bearing on the early creative development of a child. Writing skills can also be harnessed by engaging the child in creating replicas of written symbols and objects.
Creative Music and Dance
A child's ability to distinguish different sounds such as the banging of a door or the running of tap water and musical sounds that elicit dance movements is important at an early age. Children exposed to different musical tones and patterns of dance movement may be able to adapt quickly to these tunes and mime or sing songs easily from memory. Such children are likely to develop ample creative instincts at an early age.
Knowledge and Understanding
It is important to support your children in understanding the world around them. Give them the opportunity and tools they need to grow and learn. Expose them to people, plants and animals and show them how to act and respond to different objects in their environment. Allow them to investigate and explore their surroundings in a safe manner. Your support and encouragement gives your child the courage they need to grow, learn and succeed in life.
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