Fun & Creativity
Art is a natural activity to support this free play in children. The freedom to manipulate different materials in an organic and unstructured way allows for exploration and experimentation. These artistic endeavors and self-directed explorations are not only fun, but educational as well. Art allows youth to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life, but also for learning.
Two facts that are widely accept are that children do not express music in the same way as adults and that the years from birth to the age of six is the most important period for a child’s musical development. This is because even the youngest toddlers receive the tones of music and unintentionally differentiate in frequency, melody and stimuli. According to researchers, the early years of childhood are critical to learn to unscramble the tones of music and to build up a mental organization system to memorize the music. This means that, like language development, toddlers develop their musical skills through imitating and memorizing rhythms and tones of songs such as clapping to a beat and singing in tune. Without this ability children would not be able to develop their musical skills.
When children engage in any physical activity, they explore the world around them. This helps them process and understand complex information which helps in early child development.
98% of a child’s brain develops in the first 6 years. Physical movement plays a vital role in the creation of the nerve cell networks that are at the core of this brain development.
Regular physical activity helps children in their major body and muscle development in early years. Through physical activity, children come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that they eventually acquire even abstract ideas.
Language development and literacy is no doubt a critical part of any child’s overall development. It supports the ability of your child to communicate, and express and understand feelings. It also supports your child’s thinking ability and helps them develop and maintain relationships.
Language development lays the foundation for the reading and writing skills in children as they enter and progress through school. Language is needed for all aspects of their education in the classroom as they connect with peers and teachers, and throughout their lives as they grow into adulthood. So, developing language skills is of absolute significance for every child’s progress in later life span both as social beings and in pursuing an education.
Young children show a natural interest in and enjoyment of mathematics. Research evidence indicates that long before entering school, children spontaneously explore and use mathematics—at least the intuitive beginnings—and their mathematical knowledge can be quite complex and sophisticated. In play and daily activities, children often explore mathematical ideas and processes; for example, they sort and classify, compare quantities, and notice shapes and patterns. Mathematics helps children make sense of the physical and social worlds around them, and children are naturally inclined to use mathematics in this way (“He has more than I do!” “That won’t fit in there—it’s too big”). By capitalizing on such moments and by carefully planning a variety of experiences with mathematical ideas in mind, teachers cultivate and extend children’s mathematical sense and interest.
The specific features and stimulus of the outdoor environment provide for different play opportunities that can hardly be replicated inside. The outdoors can be described as an open and constantly changing environment, where it is possible to experience freedom, gross and boisterous movements, and contact with natural elements. While playing outside, children benefit from being exposed to sunlight, natural elements, and open air, which contributes to bones development, stronger immune system and physical activity.