What is Creative Play?
Creative play is when kids are just being kids. When a child is playing with toy cars and screaming broom broom, they are using their imagination to play: creative play. Einstein left us with a wise quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Children are constantly seeking answers to learn how to perceive and understand the world, and the use of their imagination enables them to establish their creativity and self-expression. In today’s world, there would be no new knowledge without the beauty of infinite imagination. Through the use of imagination and creation, children are able to grow in different ways including emotionally, socially, and even physically.
What are the Benefits of Creative Play?
Emotional Development: By integrating their feelings with tasks, children learn what they are feeling and how to express themselves to receive the wanted outcome. The more practice they have correctly expressing themselves as a young child, the more advanced their emotional intelligence will be as they grow older.
Social Development: Often with creative play, the child is interacting with others rather than just themselves. This will provide them practice in a social setting which will help develop communicative skills. Even if the child is playing solo, when they have conversations between action figures, they are practicing how they would interact with other humans, therefore accelerating their social skill development.
Physical Development: Creative play requires moving around whether it is using the whole body to dance or just moving a hand to paint a picture. At a young age, any movement will help accelerate motor skills and coordination development. Muscle memory is also building with the repetition of simple tasks.
What are some tips to stimulate the creative mind?
- Play with different shapes and colors: Art activities are a great way to provide a sense of freedom while encouraging focus and problem-solving skills. Art activities could include drawing, painting, crafting, and playing with clay.
- Encourage verbal activities: Talking helps your child learn phonics and build vocabulary. Playing games such as “I Spy” or singing songs in the car help stimulate creativity.
- Ask open-ended questions: Instead of constraining the child to “yes or no” questions, open-ended questions are thought-provoking and require the child to think “why” instead of just giving a simple answer. This provides emotional practice as well as social development.
- Limit screen time: Technology is very prominent in today’s age, and it can hinder your child’s intellectual abilities. Promoting doing real-life things that require use of their five senses and entire bodies is when a child maximizes their learning abilities.
- Go outside: Spending time in the outdoors offers many great benefits as nature is very unique and always evolving. When a child spends time outside, they are constantly discovering new things and using problem-solving skills to play.
- Give them space: Providing free time for a child will do wonders for their creative mind. This is their time to do what they would like to do and use their imagination to entertain themselves.
Our prescribed pediatric extended care center in Port Saint Lucie, Florida promotes creativity in our patients every day. Activities and lesson plans are developed based on the child’s developmental level and interests and are implemented in a flexible manner. We invite you to take a closer look at our PPEC Center, click here!
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