Play and Education:
The Importance of Creativity in the Classroom Setting
The classroom setting is traditionally thought as the center of learning and hard work for students. There is much emphasis on test preparation and strategy, and critical thinking abilities. While these skills are certainly important, it often leaves no room for creative play.
Play and creative thinking should not be thought as disruptive to these efforts, but as supplemental. Creative play can also harness interest and motivation in students, creating an conducive environment for learning.
Creativity can be defined as “the entire process by which ideas are generated, developed and transformed into value. It comprises what people commonly mean by innovation and entrepreneurship” (John Kao, 1997). Or another way to look at it, Sir Ken Robinson states, “Creativity is the process of developing ideas that are original and of value. Creative intelligence is dynamic, diverse and distinct ” (2001).
More and more research and studies has revealed how play allows young minds to learn to come up with innovative solutions to problems, hone the ability to adapt to new situations, and in building self-confidence in their own ideas.
All of these skills are certainly beneficial for an individual to succeed in school and ultimately, in becoming a well-adjusted adult.
Holidays are especially a ripe occasion to incorporate play in learning. For the month of February, encourage your child to engage in these creative Valentine’s Day activities!
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