As Tree Frog Daycare continues to celebrate Learning Through Play, we would like to also celebrate the learning that comes from creating. Every child is an artist, a dancer, a singer and a creative wonder. They embrace creative expression with an open mind and joyful abandon. Through creativity children learn skills that will guide their self expression, as well as their emerging skills in math, reading, writing and science.
Creativity for children comes in many forms including music, dance, artwork and dramatic play. The options for creative play are as diverse and unique as the children themselves. Each outlet comes with its own learning opportunities. Dramatic play allows for communication, fine & gross motor and problem-solving skills to develop.Music encourages listening skills, rhyming and repetition to support literacy. Dance teaches children to be active and in control of their bodies while expressing themselves.
A daily component of childcare is Art. It is offered in many ways including painting, collage, beading, cutting and pen work. By offering an array of materials and mediums children are encouraged to make choices, create and find their own idea of beauty. Beyond these benefits, children are preparing to write by learning to hold paint brushes, pens and scissors while controlling their hand movements. Beading further supports the fine motor development and hand-eye coordination needed to learn to write. Collaging teaches children early math skills through patterning and sorting a variety of materials. While your children build their confidence as artists and decorate your fridge, they are preparing to learn lifelong skills.
Some suggestions to support your young artist's development:
● provide a variety of surfaces- horizontal & vertical, soft, firm & textured for working on to help strengthen muscles and hand control
● write the story of their picture to encourage conversation and model the left to right flow of text
● count, identify colours, describe objects and have fun... they are all learning moments