1.1) Explain evidence, approaches and theories about the benefits of creativity for the well being of children and young people:
Ofsted have evidence about creative partnerships and the benefits of creativity for the well-being of children and young people. They praised creative partnerships in 2006 for helping to improve pupil’s personal and social skills. It also gave the teachers, school leaders and creative practitioners more positive attitudes.
Steven Pinker believes that the creativity shown by geniuses is essentially the same as the creativity shown by you and me. However Howard Gardener takes a different point of view. He has written extensively of ‘Big C’ and ‘little c’ creativity since he believes that while we all have a measure of creativity, creativity geniuses have qualities which are theirs alone.
1.2) Identify the potential benefits of different types of creative activity:
We can encourage very young children to be creative through messy play. Messy play, (e.g. sand pits, paddling pools, finger paint) has been found to be very beneficial for babies and young children’s development of thought and creativity. It helps to develop concentration and problem-solving, conversation skills, curiosity in the world, and imagination.
Creative movement allows children to express themselves through dance, music and even by how they move around.
Small world play is also good and the children are very creative as they take on the role of dinosaurs and farm animals.
Creative role play, the children can be very creative in role play and they will take on the roles of their parents or schools. This builds up confidence, friendships and how they see us as adults. Role play will help with their personal, social and emotional development.
Creative writing, children can use storytelling and be creative with making up their own stories.
Creative through modelling, helps children gain confidence and helps with motor skills.