Encouraging creativity in your students is just as important and necessary as teaching them to count, read and write, or explore science. Creativity helps to stimulate original thinking in children by experiencing the world around them and developing their own unique methods for problem solving. Creativity also focuses on the process of discovery, rather than the final product, and therefore drives exploration, inspection and imagination. Here are 5 fun ways to nurture your children’s creativity through play.
1. Drawing your own blueprints can stimulate spatial reasoning and analytic thinking.
During recess, ask your students to take notice of the playground or neighborhood around the school. Talk about the different types of equipment or buildings there, which ones they like most and what changes they would make. Using the medium of your choice, ask your students draw diagrams of their own imagined structures in their proper placements. Once completed, together you can create a physical model of their blueprints using objects, such as block or cardboard, or digital tools, like Minecraft.
2. Students can use play to micmic realistic situations.
You’d be surprised how far a cardboard box and a bit of imagination can go. In fact, the Bento shop on Creatubbles is a great example of the integration of play and creativity. Ask your students to decide what types of entrepreneurs they want to become, design a storefront or counter and make other shop materials using found objects. You can also create play money to help your students with math skills and developing an understanding real-life experiences.
To extend the lesson, create a “Shop” gallery on Creatubbles for your students to share their “goods” into. Students can design and make their own different types of inventory, using whichever mediums and techniques they choose. Ask them to include a price and advertisement in the description section on Creatubbles.
Design and construction play helps students to think critically.
Playing through building, construction, or arts & crafts is a fun way for students to stretch their imaginations. It also requires concentration and helps kids develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
Creator SaraG, from Japan, used paper, cardboard, popsicle sticks, fabric and other materials to create a Country Home. Teachers can provide students with Terracotta pots, hollow logs or any other natural materials to make their own homes or structures.
Design and construction is not only limited to the physical world. Here’s a great example of a digital Minecraft School. Using the Creatubbles Minecraft Mod, students can even insert their very own original creations in their Minecraft builds. So, your class can really put their imaginations to work.
4. Ask your students to interact with new material by putting on a performance.
Set up a play or a show. Classes can create their own theatres using cardboard cutouts or wooden planks, and fabric pieces for the curtains. Beforehand, create the story and dialogue with your students, or an original piece of music if you are putting on a musical performance. Your class can make hand puppets or figurines to act in your play or orchestra. Invite family members and other classes to watch the performance.
5. Students can organically learn important biological information on an expedition.
Science students can have a great time outside, around your school, doing a little bird watching. But, before your begin your nature expedition, you’ll need a pair of binoculars. To make your TP Roll binoculars, simply take the insides of two rolls of toilet paper and design them using paints, markers, crayons, decorative paper or gift wrap. Use a bit of yarn to create the straps for the binoculars to hang around the neck.
During your expedition, ask your students to point out their favorite birds and take notes. Back at class, students can research their species, characteristics, habitats and additional useful information. Ask your students to make models, drawings, painting, panoramas or digital creations of their birds. They can share their creations on Creatubbles, along with the bird’s name, description and other important information.
Creatubbles is a great tool for students to use their imaginations and play. Students can upload, store and share the creations that they’ve created, including paintings, sketches, 3D renderings, models and sculptors, music scores, film and more! Students can also engage with other students in 50 countries, all over the world. They can send encouraging messages, ask questions, collaborate or play games, like trading cards, a project created by teacher and creator MiniMatisse.
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