Clever Creators

Being creative provides children with an outlet for self-expression and helps to develop their imagination and problem-solving skills. Children develop fine motor skills, as they learn to hold and manipulate art tools such as paint brushes, markers and clay.

Creative experiences can be used to help children learn about colour, shape, form and texture, they can also help to foster children’s self-esteem and self-confidence as they learn to take pride in their creations. Children can also learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and problem-solve. By exposing children to a wide variety of creative forms and techniques, they can discover their own interests and passions, and develop a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

On this page you'll find some tips on how you can encourage art at home. Click each arrow to read more.

Two girls interacting with a light up table at nursery

Create models at home using recycled materials

Creating models supports fine motor development as children manipulate small pieces and work on their dexterity. This is especially beneficial for younger children who are still developing their hand-eye coordination.

• Using recycled materials promotes environmental awareness and teaches children the importance of resourcefulness and sustainability. By reusing and repurposing materials, children learn to value and appreciate the resources they have, rather than seeing them as disposable.

• Creating models is a fun and engaging activity for children as it allows them to express themselves and be proud of their creations.

Young child using recycled materials to build a box 

Get creative with pictures using natural materials

Using natural resources in art activities is a fun and engaging way for children to learn and grow. It allows them to connect with nature and understand the different textures and forms that can be found in the environment, as well as encouraging creativity and imagination.

Children will also be using their problem-solving skills to find ways to use these materials in their artwork, alongside developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they work with these materials.

A child creating an artpiece using natural resources like leaves

Make your own playdough at home

Homemade playdough allows children to explore different textures and materials, and to learn about the properties of different substances, whilst also encouraging creativity and imagination, as children are able to mold the playdough into different shapes and figures.

It helps to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as children handle and manipulate the playdough, and offers an opportunity for children to learn basic maths concepts, such as measuring and counting, when they help in making the dough.

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Girl painting dough figurines
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