D. 8 year old girls arting

How Does CreativePlay Actually Impact Learning?

Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Sensori-Motor skills. Art is a cooperative learning experience that provides pleasure, challenge, and mastery. Through art, children learn complex thinking skills and master many developmental tasks.

Art materials range from the simplest to the most complex. Young children can explore dozens of non-toxic art materials directly with their hands or with dozens of different painting and clay tools. Older children can select art materials that offer greater complexity and challenge.

Art manufacturers provide an exciting range of tools to work with. Tree branches, shells, sponges, found objects or simple kitchen tools can easily become art accessories as well. Each art material and accessory provides different skill development and has the potential for new discoveries. A creative classroom offers a wide range of art materials and tools for exploration and learning.

The chart below is an Activity Analysis of 12 common art experiences. Each art experience is “broken down” or analyzed to determine what primary cognitive, social, emotional and sensori-motor outcomes it most facilitates.

While these areas certainly do overlap, this chart outlines one main skills developed within each domain. Use it as a starting point for analyzing other art ideas, including your own “all time favorites.”

12 Powerful CreativePlay Learning Concepts:

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