Promote Creativity and Creative Learning in Young Children

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CYPOP 7

Unit 082 - Promote creativity and creative learning in young children

Assessment criteria

Understand the concepts of creativity and creative learning and how these affect all aspects of young children’s learning and development.

1.1 Analyze the differences between creative learning and creativity.

1.2 Explain current theoretical approaches to creativity and creative learning in early childhood.

1.3 Critically analyze how creativity and creative learning can support young children’s emotional, social, intellectual, communication and physical development

Analyze the differences between creative learning and creativity.

Creative learning is about how children are actively involved in their own learning, and their ability to make choices and decisions. This can be achieved through providing a creative environment, allowing exploration through play and praising creative efforts.

Creativity is about risk taking and making connections, allowing children to explore and express themselves through a variety of media or materials including, dance, music, making things, drawing, painting and make believe and to make new things emerge as a result. Being creative is strongly linked to play and can emerge through a child being absorbed in their own actions and ideas. Although most of us feel we know what creativity means, in educational forums creative learning and creativity can have variety of meanings. Creativity will be linked to the traditional creative arts and the development of imagination and imaginative play, while creative learning will be linked to the wider context in which children can show skills in problem solving, exploration and imaginative thinking.

Creative
Creativity in this context is about helping children to find ways to express themselves through the arts. It is about exploring emotions and self-expressions. Therefore, the focus of creativity in this sense is only partly about producing an end product and is more about enjoying and learning from the process. For us to support children’s creativity, it will be important to provide a context where children not only learn skills but also have opportunities to explore different media. Creativity in this context links to the creative development area of learning both in the EYFS in England and the Foundation Phases in Wales.

Creative learning
Creative learning is about helping children develop problem-solving skills and imaginative thinking. It is about giving children opportunities to make connections between different areas and to apply them. A good example of a creative learning activity for a toddler might be heuristic play. In heuristic play, the child given a collection of random objects for them to explore. The child picks them up and explores them and sees what they can do with them.

Some creative learning activities may be goal orientated, such as making a den.The den is the goal but children will also be exploring different materials to use for a roof or working out how to support the roof, thus practicing their problem-solving skills. Interestingly, while this is a key difference between creative learning and creativity, there will be times when a child will need to use the skills involved in creative learning to overcome a problem that they are having in creative say, a sculpture.

The difference between creativity and creative learning is that creativity is more about the traditional arts and using fine motor skills e.g. cutting and drawing. Creative learning is about children using their mind to solve problems e.g. making an information booklet; this will help with problem solving skills. In my placement we do creativity and creative learning by giving the children chance to express their feelings e.g. giving the children paper and crayons to draw with, we also help children build towers and bridges for construction.

Creative learning is about how children are actively involved in their own learning, and...
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