Activities for Preschoolers: Learning Through Creative Arts

Activities for Preschoolers: Learning Through Creative Arts 

A finger painting hung on a refrigerator door is a sure sign young children are part of the family. Drawing and painting are two of the most common ways children express themselves before having full command of language. Consider this, most children scribble with a pencil or crayon before they can speak in a full sentence. When toddlers hear music they nod their heads up and down and clap their hands while seated in their high chairs before they can even stand. We are born eager to create. As long as you have a voice and can move, teaching the creative arts can be achieved in most settings for young children. This course will provide information on age appropriate instructional strategies for teaching activities through movement, music, art and dramatic play. Through interactive participation with the content, you will be prepared to engage children in activities that will encourage their creativity while developing specific reading and math skills.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education


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Kentucky Division of Child Care


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-APLCA
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify the four components of creative art and how each contributes to learning.
Match creative arts activities by developmental age.
Identify strategies you can use to facilitate creativity.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Defining Creative Arts and How they Promote Child Development A. Creative Arts B. How Art Activities Contribute to Acquiring Developmental Skills C. How Music, Movement and Dramatic Play Contribute to Acquiring Developmental Skills D. Review E. Summary Section 3: Instructional Strategies to Promote Creativity in Young Children A. Process Builds Self Confidence and Self- Worth in Young Learners B. Creative Arts is a Natural Way to Promote Learning in Young Children C. Promoting Creativity with Children Ages 0-5 Years D. Additional Activities to Develop Skills E. Creativity: The Process is More Important Than the product F. Making Creativity a Focus in Creating the Learning Environment for Young Children of All Ages and Developmental Levels G. Review H. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Facilitating Creativity is How You Can Succeed B. Bringing it All Together Like One Big Symphony C. Congratulations

Expert Reviewer: Cathy Grace EdD
Dr. Cathy Grace is a career early childhood educator. She has experiences in the classroom as well as state government, the private sector and teacher education. Formerly the Early Childhood Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Education charged with implementing public school kindergarten, she has directed preschool programs serving three and four year-old's and was professor of education at Mississippi State University as well as directing the Early Childhood Institute. The Institute provided professional development and technical assistance to childcare providers statewide and provided guidance to policymakers on early childhood programs in the state. She has co-authored books on portfolio assessment and how to address the impact of natural disasters on childcare centers and young children. After working at the Children’s Defense Fund as the director of early childhood policy, she returned to Mississippi and is currently the program director for the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative. Disclosure: Cathy Grace EdD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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