Creative Activities for Young Children

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2005-04-04
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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In this very special book, teachers, parents and care givers will be exposed to hundreds of age-appropriate activities for young children through grade 5-all aimed at promoting creativity through art activities across the curriculum. The author presents a wealth of information about developing creativity in children and in their adult educators with such activities as art and food recipes, finger plays, and poems and through the use of such resources as book and software lists, advice for choosing children?s books, hundreds of resource Web sites and much more. Readers will appreciate the sound theoretical base presented for the hundreds of practical activities designed to encourage creativity in children and their educators. ?This One?s for You? and ?Think About It? sections make the text more interesting by expanding coverage to related, thought-provoking research in early childhood education. This book is a must have for those looking to bring creativity to young children in a very engaging way.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Theories Relating to Child Developmentp. 1
Fostering Creativity and Aesthetics in Young Childrenp. 2
The Concept of Creativityp. 3
What is Creativity?p. 3
Importance of Creativityp. 6
Characteristics of Creativityp. 7
Helping Children Express Creativityp. 8
Promoting Creativityp. 17
Promoting Creativity in the Curriculump. 17
Promoting Creativity through Play and Explorationp. 18
Modifying Curriculum to Promote Creativityp. 21
Promoting Creativity through Positive Acceptancep. 22
Creative Questioning for Childrenp. 23
Motivating Skills for Teachersp. 25
The Concept of Aestheticsp. 32
Aesthetics and the Quality of Learningp. 33
Benefits of Aesthetic Sensitivityp. 36
Aesthetic Experiencesp. 37
Promoting Aesthetic Experiencesp. 46
Looking and Seeingp. 46
Sensing, Feeling, and Imaginingp. 47
Finding and Organizing Aesthetic Materialsp. 48
Aesthetic Use of Materialsp. 49
Guidance in Using Aesthetic Materialsp. 50
Planning and Implementing Creative Activitiesp. 60
Children, Teachers, and Creative Activitiesp. 61
Consider the Childp. 62
Consider the Teacher/Caregiverp. 70
Strategies for Successp. 71
Creative Environmentsp. 76
Physical Space: General Guidelinesp. 76
Arrangement of Space and Equipmentp. 78
Activity/Interest Centersp. 80
Selection of Equipment for Creative Activitiesp. 84
Using Media to Promote Creativityp. 88
Importance of Using Mediap. 88
Activities to Develop Creativityp. 89
Value of Computers in Early Childhood Programsp. 90
Choosing Software for Young Childrenp. 92
The Internet and Early Childhood Programsp. 93
Art and the Development of the Young Childp. 99
Art and Social-Emotional Growthp. 100
Self-Concept and Self-Acceptancep. 100
Child-to-Child Relationshipsp. 103
Child-to-Teacher Relationshipsp. 104
Child-to-Group Relationshipsp. 109
Art and Physical-Mental Growthp. 117
Art and Physical (Motor) Developmentp. 117
Art and Mental Developmentp. 124
Art and the Total Programp. 127
Developmental Levels and Artp. 137
Developmental Levels/Stages of Artp. 137
Children's Drawingp. 138
The Scribble Stagep. 138
The Basic Forms Stagep. 142
The Pictorial Stagep. 146
The Early Childhood Art Programp. 160
Program Basics: Goals, Setting Up, Materials, and Strategiesp. 161
Basic Goals of the Early Childhood Art Programp. 161
Setting Up for Art Activitiesp. 164
Setting Up for Art Activities--Specific Stagesp. 167
Basic Equipment, Materials, and Usep. 174
Safetyp. 181
Two-Dimensional Activitiesp. 187
Picture Makingp. 187
Printmakingp. 195
Collagep. 200
Three-Dimensional Activitiesp. 205
Developmental Levels and Three-Dimensional Mediap. 205
The Value of Clayp. 207
Strategies for Working with Clayp. 208
Modelingp. 208
Assemblagep. 211
Cardboard Constructionp. 213
Woodworkingp. 214
Play, Development, and Creativityp. 223
The Role of Creative Play in Developmentp. 224
What is Play?p. 224
Importance of Play in Child Developmentp. 226
Stages of Playp. 231
Theory into Practice: Creative Activities for the Early Childhood Programp. 239
Creative Activities in Other Curricular Areasp. 240
Dramatic Play and Puppetryp. 241
Importance of Dramatic Playp. 241
Dramatic Play in the Home (or Housekeeping) Centerp. 244
Puppetsp. 248
Creative Movementp. 256
The Importance of Movement Activities for Young Childrenp. 256
Planning Creative Movement Activities to Meet Young Children's Needsp. 257
Creative Musicp. 271
Goals for Young Children's Music Experiencesp. 274
Planning Music Activitiesp. 274
Creative Language Experiencesp. 289
Development of Languagep. 289
Development of Speechp. 290
Development of Rules of Speechp. 290
Understanding Bilingual/Bicultural Young Children's Language Developmentp. 292
Development of Listeningp. 293
Emerging Literacyp. 294
Pre-Writing Skillsp. 296
Poetry Experiencesp. 296
Children's Booksp. 299
Creative Sciencep. 318
Science and the Young Childp. 318
Types of Science Activitiesp. 319
Art and Sciencep. 321
The Discovery/Science Centerp. 323
Environmental Educationp. 325
Environmental Activities in Schoolp. 327
Outdoor Sciencep. 330
Creative Mathematicsp. 346
Developmental Pattern of Learning Mathematical Ideasp. 347
Mathematics in the Movement Centerp. 348
Mathematics in the Art Centerp. 348
Mathematics at the Water Tablep. 350
Mathematics in the Home Centerp. 350
Mathematics in the Block Centerp. 350
Mathematical Concepts: Definitions and Related Activitiesp. 353
Mathematics Grades 3-5p. 355
Creative Food Experiencesp. 366
Importance of Food Experiences to the Total Programp. 366
Food Activities That Help Children's Creativityp. 372
Getting Startedp. 372
Integrated Food Units--Elementary Levelp. 373
Reducing Sugar In Children's Dietsp. 375
Creative Social Studiesp. 394
p. 394
p. 394
Learning About One's Worldp. 396
Individual Development and Identityp. 396
People in the Communityp. 399
Teaching Young Children About Peacep. 404
Creative Health and Safety Experiencesp. 414
Health and Safety in the Early Yearsp. 414
Health Practicesp. 414
Early Childhood Health Concernsp. 416
Safety Educationp. 418
Creative Celebrations: Holidays in the Early Childhood Curriculump. 433
The Place of Celebrations in the Curriculump. 435
Meaning of Holidaysp. 435
Celebrations and Holidays--The Old Wayp. 435
Celebrations--Feelings and Beliefsp. 437
Including Celebrations in the Curriculump. 442
Developing a Policy for Celebrationsp. 442
Basic Steps to a Holiday Policyp. 443
Developmentally Appropriate Celebrationsp. 450
Achieving Developmentally Appropriate Holiday Celebrations in the Curriculump. 452
Developmentally Appropriate Celebrations in the Year Round Curriculump. 456
Developmentally Appropriate Holiday Celebrations--A Final Notep. 457
Resources for Celebrationsp. 462
Children's Booksp. 462
Using the Internet for Resourcesp. 463
Books for Childrenp. 464
References for Teachersp. 475
Seasonsp. 478
Seasons: Aesthetic Awarenessp. 479
The Aesthetics of Autumnp. 480
Autumn Experiences for Childrenp. 480
Autumn Experiences for Older Childrenp. 483
The Aesthetics of Winterp. 485
Winter Experiences for Childrenp. 486
Winter Experiences for Older Childrenp. 488
The Aesthetics of Springp. 489
Spring Experiences for Childrenp. 489
Spring Experiences for Older Childrenp. 492
The Aesthetics of Summerp. 493
Summer Experiences for Childrenp. 494
Summer Experiences for Older Childrenp. 496
Gross and Fine Motor Skillsp. 503
Language Development Objectives and Activities for Infants and Toddlersp. 505
Basic Program Equipment and Materials for an Early Childhood Centerp. 507
Room and Yard Organization, Exhibitions, and Displaysp. 512
Recycled Materialsp. 516
Criteria for Selecting Play Equipment for Young Childrenp. 521
Puppet Patternsp. 523
Glossaryp. 527
Indexp. 533
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