Developing Creativity in Preschool:
Developing Creativity in Preschool enables young kids to better analyse and problem solve. Art supplies can help develop hand-eye coordination and the type of fine motor skills they’ll draw upon later for writing.
When your pre-schooler is messing about with paint or glitter, they’re likely to be more focused on the sensations and effect than the finished product. This is an important part of their creative development.
Here are three simple ways to help develop creativity in preschool, from setting up puzzle-solving activities like a scavenger hunt to how to communicate about their art.
Create a creative space
It’s important to find a space where kids can be creative and make a mess without you worrying about the clean-up afterwards. Cover the kitchen or lounge table with old magazines or newspapers. Then, once the messy work is done, you can roll them up and the space is as good as new!
Think about saving torn or old clothes to use as overalls too. That way, there’s no stress that kids will pick up on when they’re experimenting with colours or textures.
If you’re too short on time for clear-up, try another sensory experience, like playing with shaving foam or a sink full of bubbles.
This can be counter-intuitive, but drawing alongside your kids can actually frustrate them about their own progress. This is because children try to represent what they see before them, as they don’t yet have your experience or fine motor skills! Express your support by asking questions about their process. Ask your child questions like “Why did you choose those colours?” or “What were you thinking about when you made this line?”
Be supportive, even if you’re not sure what the finished piece actually is. Kids are happy with learning and exploring ideas in their own time, and art can be a way of working through their experiences. That tree might be oversized, for example, because it represents something really important to them.
Furthermore, being supportive about their creativity provides a relaxed atmosphere where little imaginations can run free. This can be important in raising kids’ self-esteem!
Sometimes, injecting a new idea or material is all it takes to get kids’ creativity flowing. Here are three simple ideas to try:
- Go on a walk and collect objects, then take them home for kids to draw, touch, paint or model. Make it clear that they don’t have to represent the objects literally, but can use them as a source of inspiration.
- Set up a scavenger hunt. This could be at a local park or just around the house. Creative challenges such as riddles will get their brains going and may even stimulate kids to create their own scavenger hunt.
- Create a food art collage. Present kids with different kinds of pasta, lentils, and any other suitable dried food you have to hand. They can then decide for themselves which to incorporate into a collage and stick down on thin card or stiff paper.
Hopefully these ideas will get you started. Your pre-schoolers may also have some great ideas that you can try out, so get stuck in and get creative!