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Creativity,the lost art of childhood

on May 25, 2012

How do children get creative? It is quickly becoming a lost ART. The creative ability in children begins early, by increasing the child’s awareness of materials, allowing freedom of messiness and having open ended projects for the children to participate in. The creative  mechanism in the child’s brain likes to explore by feeling  textures ,  seeing new color  combinations, or tasting something sweet, these really make a reaction that is pleasing to the child.  It is important to allow the child to express themselves create and evolve into a higher level of creativity. Usualy at about 3.5 years the child can calculate an idea and think HOW to make it.

Creating a treasure box,an open art drawer,a bend that is owed by the child for exploration is important at the first stage- things like tape, baby  scissors, markers,pencils, crayons, payons, paints, buttons,spools, thread, glue, torn paper , stickers, crepe paper,  bubble wrap, twine, yarn, glitter, popsicle sticks, old puzzle pieces, rubber bands and so on.  Change the items periodically.  Bag  up some unusual items in a small baggie for the child to look at and put together, as an invention.(Hardware items work well for this project- screws, pieces of wood,paper clips, nail files,springs, old box box stuff).  Help plant ideas in their head, by giving suggestions, showing them the way a nut and bolt go together- wrapped with aluminum foil, then sprinkl with glitter.  Set up a special area to let the child , just play with new items- study them, stack them, sort them. Most of the time children haven’t been allowed to play with these types of things- watch them explore.


Thinkig alot, what to put in the painting.

What a simple ideas to enhance creativity! Teachers it is easiest to set aside a free area in your class , with an open ART drawer- you can put all your reject pieces of collage paper, toothpicks, paper, old magazines, poms, beads and so on. Label it largely and clearly and tell the children what is it for- free OPEN ART, whenever they chose! I have downloaded some of my open art project- totally child directed.

Painting adding, sand ,shells, cut paperand crayon fish

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