Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying the development of creativity of children drawing fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children’s emotional health.
The experiences children have during their first years of life can significantly enhance the development of their creativity. All children need to be truly creative is the freedom to commit themselves completely to the effort and make whatever activity they are doing their own. What’s important in any creative act is the process of self-expression. Creative experiences can help children express and cope with their feelings.
A child’s creative activity can help teachers to learn more about what the child may be thinking or feeling. Children need plenty of opportunities for creative play and creative thinking. Start by providing activities that are based on the children’s interests and ideas. This means learning how to listen intently to what children are saying. It is very helpful to tape record and transcribe children’s conversations as well as take notes and review them with your co-teachers. Be sure to offer children a wide range of creative materials and experiences.
Being creative is more than drawing or painting. There’s also photography, music, field trips, working with wire, clay, paper, wood, water or shadows. It’s important to provide children lots of time to explore materials and pursue their ideas. This includes time to think about how to plan, design, construct, experiment and revise project ideas. Look for ways to provide multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and other community experiences for children. Activities such as field trips, celebrating holidays and activities with other ethnic groups, and encouraging children to bring visitors to school enhances the creative process.
The more varied experiences children have in their lives, the wider the range of creative expression. Encouraging children to make their own choices is important. Children should be permitted frequent opportunities – and lots of time – to experience and explore expressive materials. Put your emphasis on the process of creativity and not on the finished product. What children learn and discover about themselves is vital to their development.