In our nursery creative activities are very important. Almost every day i try to encourage children to take part. Acording to my observations use of simpliest resources is the best practise. Recently I use cartboard boxes and the parts from different tipes of packaging as plastic and paper bags, plastic bubble sheets, cardboard strips and sheets, styrofoam and many others. Wery often we use very big carboard boxes to turn them in to a house, castle or space ship, depends what kind of interest children have at the moment. We use paint, pencils, markers, duck, adchesive, scotch and double side tapes, coloured paper and foams to decorate it. While crative activities children can explor different types of material, different ways to use them and also improving their fine and motor skills. Activities schould be fun and give children joy and confidence.
To encouraged a child to take a part in creative activities I always base on his or her interests. For example boys in our nursery love cars so I used them to paint wheel tracks on paper. Other day we made a car mat on big cardboard sheet. Children drew roads, parking spaces and also made bridges and garages from smal boxes. It is always their own imagination and ideas on the first place and satisfaction from finished product.
How do you provide positive feedback to children and young people taking part in creative activities?
prase effor and every work they did, rather the final product find positive aspects of their work
ask questions about their work
ask did they enjoy the activities
How would you support children taking part in creative activities?
In nursery I always refer to children current interests. That makes a base to start creative activitie. By a good practise, while I organise activitie, every day I try: avoid projects that can be completed in only one way: (paint-by-numbers, kits to be assembled). make a wide variety of materials available to children.
give examples and possible solutions, suggest options, but let children make the final decisions for art projects. talk through activities, ask children about their art while it is happening, not just at the end. Children can describe their work, but don’t have to name objects or feelings. praise the effort, use of color and uniqueness rather than just the final product — the trip is more important than the destination. display art at a child’s eye level.
encourage individual expression., avoid the regimented use of materials and adult-directed projects. encourage to use imagination
give as much time as they need
do not force to take part in activities
How have you or how would you support children to recognise how creativity can be used in all aspects of life?
1. encouraged to find solution in daily life activities. For example: – how to reach sometching is to high or to far
– how to go somwhere even if there is obstackle
– what to do when you spilt or tiped out something
2. orgnise creative activities acording to situations from real life. Examples: -creative cooking (dough, slime, pasta, gloop, making sandwiches, salads ect) -building and mechanik activities (using real tools to create something) -play-role – finding solutions in different situations, for example: How to play with toy if there is only one and two childrfen wants to play?
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