The Benefits of Creative Play
Every child is born with creative potential. Their creativity is what makes them unique. It's their way of saying "I can be; I can do anything." At the heart of Creative Play is a child’s ability to see things in a new light, things that no one else sees but them.
Their need to play is essential for their physical health and psychological development. From the earliest age, playing helps children to learn, to relate to other people and to have fun.
The more children play, the better they get at it and the more creative they can become. It’s in the experience of playing, learning and discovering, structured or not, where their creative potential truly grows.
Child Development Tip of the Month
Children need lots of time to see what happens when they do different things with new materials, to test their own ideas and to get messy! The experience of manipulating materials according to their own ideas enables them to actually make and change the world.
Each new material may need a little explanation so that children can see how to use it to the best advantage. Give simple directions on how to get started, without limiting the creative use of materials. Most of the time, children can figure out what to do with materials by themselves. Children watch each other and get lots of new ideas.
Adapted from Essentials for Child Development Associates Working with Young Children; Carol Brunson Phillips, Editor.