Creativity and Creative Learning

Creativity and Creative learning

The differences between creativity and creative learning


Creativity is about helping children to find ways to express themselves through the arts. It is about exploring emotions and self-expression. The focus of creativity is not about producing an end product; it is more about enjoying and learning through the process. Activities to promote creativity could include

    • Music
    • Imaginative play including role play and small world play
    • Design
    • Drawing, painting
    • Modelling and sculpting
    • Craft e.g. sewing
    • Creative movement e.g. dance

  Being involved in creative activities is fun and absorbing for children. It suggests it helps children to have positive experiences and develop important characteristics and abilities like;

    •   Appreciation of different ways of looking at the world and surroundings.

    •   Collaboration- being keen to work together.

    •   Communication and language - developing better communication through talking, listening writing or pictures.

    • Concentration- focusing on what they are doing.

    •   Developing good relationships – working together and making new friends.

    •   Discipline – developing self control through a requirement to practice (for example such as playing a musical instrument, needs practice)

    •   Emotional intelligence – being able to express emotions.

    •   Empathy – understanding what it can feel like being someone else (like being someone else through role play, drama activities)

    •   Imagination – bringing ideas to life.

    •   Independence of thought – discovering things for themselves.
      Interaction – being involved in a group and having peer support.

    •   Physical activity – participating in activities that encourage movement

    •   Positive emotion – having fun and enjoying what they are doing.

These characteristics and abilities...