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Every child has a potential to be at their creative best in their early years of their growth. Children don’t need to be taught on how to be creative, the traits are inborn and it is no wonder common to see your children using imaginative play among their siblings, friends or even all by themselves. Every child thrives in their own world of imagination from the day they start using their senses - seeing, hearing and exploring their surroundings little by little.

Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years


The best age the child has the highest imagination is from age three to six and it is vital to help the children boost their creativity at this age.

Recognizing the importance of creative development in a child’s formative years, the government has endorsed creative skills into the school curriculum. The curriculum for foundation stage is divided into six main areas of learning, one of which is a creative development. In my children schools, I have noticed artists including organisations have started collaborating with the early years practitioners to work in the foundation settings and thereby help them integrate creative activities in schools. 

At home, it becomes a mother’s responsibility to keep their children pre-occupied with activities that boost their creativity. Creativity starts by being playful. It goes around with singing rhymes, dancing to the music, clapping hands, messing with paints, imagination, drawing,  doodling, paper bits and even Lego bricks.
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Imaginative Outcome of my children - Painting
In this digital era, it expands technically with digital arts and fun resources available for free on the Internet. My children often tends to get attracted to the animations, sounds, bright colours, figures they are already familiar with on the digital screen and they start to explore their creativity using the digital media as they normally do with their paper and crayons. Their journey to creativity has no bounds and they can tune their creativity within any mode or surroundings.

According to “An Approach to Creative Learning in the Early Years” by Stella Skinner, the early years foundation stage framework for children has Creative development as one of the six areas of learning and divided it into four concepts,
  • Being Creative - responding to experiences and expressing and communicating ideas
  • Exploring Media and materials - 2D and 3D representation
  • Creating Music and Dance
  • Developing Imagination and Imaginative Play
The author also stresses on the importance of offering children a wide variety of resources many of which can be obtained cheaply, which will contribute to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Planning the activity


Choose an activity that can offer your child a board and balanced range of art experiences. Make sure you have got the right resources for the child to use, provide an environment that can stimulate your child's creativity and always encourage your child responding to their gestures such as " look what I have done mama", their smiles and cheering them aloud. One such activity that we are to discuss is "Visual arts" - an art form that is primarily visual in nature.

Visual Arts

The role of visual arts in a child's growth plays an important role in children developing their creative awareness by observing an artist’s work, appreciating the beauty of their works, challenging perceptions through unique creations, exploring options, expressing their feelings through imagination and the arts which helps in developing their skills to try new things individually.

The recent "creative contest" by HP on Twitter relies on this visual arts where your kid’s imagination is expanded as they see and interpret the visual art in front of them. One example includes,

A picture is worth a 1000 words but what we want to know is what you see in the one below! 
Tell us and WIN one HP Ink Advantage Deskjet 1515 All-in-one printer#HPImaginate.


And my kids came up with the following interpretation,

Daughter Cherry: I can see somebody’s finger pretending like water and pushing the boat away from the sea. It’s like a big blue whale or something from the sea followed by small fishes. The blue whale comes out of the water from below raising the boat higher and I see everything moves up. The blue color is light below and becomes darker as it goes upwards. 

Son Berry: I see a boat, some clouds, some fish, some stars, a rocket and a bad, tricky water pushing the boat down and everything is so blue.

I can observe that my children are expressing their preferences to objects they see, colors, shapes, patterns and even interpret their own messages. 

The above campaign HP Imaginate Contest by HP running until 30 January, 2014 is based on how important it is for mothers to involve their kids in fun and constructive activities that can tap in their child’s creativity from what resources available online or even bringing your child’s imagination to life using home printers which provides value for money.

Other ideas for visual art experience for toddlers and preschoolers can include
  • Mix and match various colours in a spinning wheel
  • Various sizes of Black and White dots or squares 
  • Paper cuts which includes assorted shapes and sizes of animals or human faces
  • Finger Painting and Finger Printing using various colours and patterns 
  • Use Touch screen apps for toddlers and kids
  • Take a print out of your child's cartoon or various objects, cut them out and make a collage 
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein 

Having said above, I conclude all creative experiences be it any form of arts including music, dance, imaginative play, the actual art of involving oneself into drawing, painting, collage, photography and digital media (in the digital age), children are offered opportunities for self-expression and exploration. So now, lets wrap up and give due importance to Imaginative thinking - help seed and grow the traits among our children to embrace the entire world in their young mind just like Einstein believed.

NOTE: 
Share and participate in the contest on Twitter
1 - One random winner will be entitled to receive a Amazon/Flipkart gift voucher worth 1000.
2 - You also have a chance of winning an HP Ink Advantage Printer

Kindly leave a related comment below as well.

WINNER:
All names has been entered in the order of their comments in this blog post and has been picked randomly by Raffle King. I request the winner to kindly mail his email ID so that I can pass on the Flipkart Gift Voucher worth Rs.1000. Congratulation to the winner and many thanks to all those who participated!


12 comments:

  1. Nice Post, Uma. I agree with your views.
    Einstein was right that 'Imagination is more important than Knowledge'.
    Do note- I have shared your Post through a tweet :) Hope I get lucky! :)

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    1. Knowledge itself is the product of imagination.Is it not true Anita?
      Yes, noted and the winners for this post will be drawn at random and will be notified :)

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  2. Very useful post for all parents.. Interpretation on Visual arts is WOW concept to develop their creative knowledge. An Vidu an ajay are explained it very cutely :)

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    1. Yes yes, I too noticed that and it is not wonderful when kids come up with different and unique interpretation of the same image. I guess I will doing more of this visual arts soon :)

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  3. This post resonates with creative positivism!
    To bring to your notice, I am sharing your post through Twitter and following you too. :)
    Hope luck works in my favor! :)

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    1. Very much !
      And yes, I have noted and the winners for this post will be drawn at random and will be notified in this week :)

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  4. Nice post. It is important to encourage children to ask questions. The answers they receive will expand their thought process and make them more creative. Engaging them in drawing and painting etc will expand the horizon of their creativity.

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    1. Absolutely! You have put your thoughts lovely :)

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  5. Very Nice Useful Hope luck I Will Share This

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