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In our blog we will highlight the benefits of creative play in early years and give you some easy and fun ideas to ensure your child can get creative!
What are the benefits of creative play?
For a lot of parents, it is a scary thought to open up your cupboard and unleash all of the arts and crafts materials and if often the last resort when thinking of ways to keep your child entertained. However, by letting you child spend time with paints, colouring pens and glues, it can actually have a huge impact on their creativity, curiosity and independence. The formation of skills that they can learn whilst engaging in creative play are the kind of skills that can be applied throughout their entire life.
By allowing your child to spark a love for art and creativity, it will also enable them to:
- Develop their emotional well-being and their confidence
- Help them to promote self-expression and understanding of their world
- Improve their language, social and intellectual development
During the process of creating, it is important to prompt your child to talk about what they are creating from their perspective. This can be done by asking them questions such as ‘tell me about your picture’. You must then positively react to their idea so they know that whatever their idea is, it is fantastic! And remember, the majority of the enjoyment children get will be because of the process of creating, rather than the end result.
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