Creative Play

‘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:

Box Marble Painting

This experience combines sensory and imaginative play. A child’s hand-eye coordination and concentration improve and they can discover how colours develop.

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Shoe Fish Mural

Young children can use the outline of their shoe as the basic shape for a fish. Parents and children will form a beautiful mural of various sizes of fish to create an aquarium that display harmony and diversity.

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Make A Tambourine

Music ignites all areas of child development all at once: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language and literacy. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.

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Reggio Emilia Inspired Activity

This sensory experience focuses on touch, sight and smell and highlights the ‘Hundred Languages’ where children should have the opportunity to express themselves in 100 ways.

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Fireworks Painting

Children will have fun creating this colourful work of art. The cut, fanned cardboard rolls create the fireworks effect so nicely. Children can choose a range of sizes and colours making their artwork uniquely their own.

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Musical Rain Sticks

Rain sticks are fun handmade instruments that you turn upside down to make it sound like rain. This method of making a rain stick uses items found in most households.

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Bubble Wrap Painting

Bubble wrap painting is a fun and tactile lesson younger children will love. It allows children to explore and create using different colours and textures, and develop a sense of achievement.

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Ice Cube Painting

Embrace the cold with chilly ice paint! Kids love to swirl the melting paint over paper, creating beautiful designs. They’ll practice colour recognition and counting skills, watching the paint turn from solid to liquid.

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Collage Of Shapes

Identifying shapes and colours is a wonderful way for children to view their world. When they look out a window their minds are deciding what shape each item looks like.

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Finger Prints Identity Tree

This wonderful art activity needs minimal resources, but has a massive impact. The activity signifies a child’s sense of membership to a greater community.

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Painting With Objects

Painting provides an opportunity to establish and build upon a child’s creative skills. Painting has other benefits including developing hand-eye coordination.

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Musical Shakers

When children listen to music and create their own instruments they are working on their numeracy, literacy and emotional skills.

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Balloon Rocket

Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Adults can support this engagement and understanding by extending their interest with simple activities.

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Friendly Faces

This activity allows children to create their own face using a variety of different textures. It aims to encourage acceptance of difference in the children taking part.

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Natural Creative Puppets

Puppets help develop a child’s creativity. When a child is involved in the making of a puppet they are using their fine motor skills and imagination.

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Nature's Sun Catchers

Kids love doing art. By expressing themselves with paint and paper they are nurturing their inventiveness, promoting their self-esteem and learning to self motivate.

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Mobile Making

Mobile art encourages children to use their imagination with a wide range of materials. This activity is simple and can use whatever items you have in and around the home.

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Look at pictures and photographs of tribal tattoos and talk about how they each have a special meaning depending on where they come from.

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