‘It’s the process not the product!’ When children engage in Creative Play they are given the opportunity to make mistakes and use trial and error to express their ideas. In the early years, children are learning through their creativeness, practicing skills and investigating different materials and their properties. Having the opportunity to create and explore involves the development of skills in planning, making choices and redesigning as needed. Creative Play can include dramatic play, music, dance, story-telling and art in its many forms.
By participating in Creative Play children may develop:
- imagination, experimentation and self-expression
- social and emotional skills
- self-esteem and resilience
- body and spacial awareness
- ability to organise, estimate and measure
- hand-eye coordination (e.g., manipulative skills).
Everyday Creative Play examples include playing musical instruments (percussion), painting, collage, home corner play, dress ups, singing nursery rhymes and action songs, puppets, story-telling, dancing to the beat.
Check out a range of Creative Play activities below: