Creativity is such an important part of growing up and there are so many benefits for children. Creative play benefits children both physically and mentally, it's a great way to build communication skills in a fun environment. So, how does creative play benefit children?
Imagination, Fine Motor Skills, Concentration, Emotion Processing, Innovation, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem and Co-Ordination.
Imaginative play provides opportunity for children to practice and develop their language and social skills by talking with other children. Children can grow their vocabulary and experiment freely with words without judgement. When children are engaged with their favourite play you will notice they talk to themselves about what's happening, and this is what can build their vocabulary and develop their imagination.
Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles in the hands, and physical development can involve anything from sand play through to rock climbing/sport activities. Children can express themselves both verbally and non-verbally through imaginative play. To develop gross motor skills, you can encourage music and dancing which is more fun for children.
When children grow older, physical activities help to further develop their fine motor skills as well as their coordination.
Focusing closely on something or an activity, can help with thinking skills. Imaginative play can help mental growth by creating and trying out new ideas, ways of thinking and problem solving. Games involving other children can help children to negotiate and understand how other children want to play. Cars, trains, and boats provide an excellent opportunity for children to develop their role play skills.
From a young age, creative activities help develop basic maths skills, like size and shape. There is a lot of concentration and problem-solving which children need to do before taking a pen to paper. In early years children they will be asking themselves basic questions for problem solving, for example, will this colour show on this colour or will this glue stick be strong enough. In problem solving they learn about the creative thinking process.
Emotion processing is giving children the chance to understand their emotions and other children's too, it gives them the idea of what is normal and what is appropriate. Being understanding of others emotions is another very important part for children's emotional processing development.
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