The new year equals many new adventures, 2017 has opened up the gates of creativity in Jasper room, our observations have led us to conclude that our friends play in all forms is centred around the ideals of personification. Where they have begun to take inanimate objects and role play them into real life scenarios. Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children’s emotional health. The experiences children have during their first years of life can significantly enhance the development of their creativity.
All children need to be truly creative is the freedom to commit themselves completely to the effort and make whatever activity they are doing their own. What’s important in any creative act is the process of self-expression. Creative experiences can help children express and cope with their feelings. A child’s creative activity can help educators and parents to learn more about what the child may be thinking or feeling. Creativity also fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, and new ways of thinking and problem-solving. Creative activities help acknowledge and celebrate children’s uniqueness and diversity as well as offer excellent opportunities to personalize our teaching and focus on each child.
Children need plenty of opportunities for creative play and creative thinking. Start by providing activities that are based on the children’s interests and ideas. This means learning how to listen intently to what children are saying. Be sure to offer children a wide range of creative materials and experiences. Being creative is more than drawing or painting. There’s also photography, music, field trips, working with wire, clay, paper, wood, water or shadows. The possibilities are endless. It’s important to provide children lots of time to explore materials and pursue their ideas. This includes time to think about how to plan, design, construct, experiment and revise project ideas. Don’t forget to build in time to talk these ideas over with your child. These are the building blocks through which we foster creativity in Jasper, these ideals are transferable throughout our friends lives whether it be at home or here in our little Primrose community. The possibilities are endless once the flow of creativity is expressed and nurtured. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! ?