Want to understand their child better
Play with children to develop an understanding of their worlds
"Never try to reason with a young child", goes an old saying. There is some truth in it - child psychologists have found that the part of the brain that processes logic and reasoning doesn't really develop until the age of around 6. In fact there are hundreds of ways in which young children, and their inner worlds, are very different from those of their parents and other adults.
But one of the things that is most important to young child is playing - it's how they learn, explore and discover. But playing can also be how they express themselves. Playing with children, and playing creatively, in ways that allow parent and child to express themselves, and to communicate their ideas, is often the best way of understanding children and how they think.
Victorian educators saw children as 'empty vessels, whose minds needed to be filled with knowledge'. What if, instead, children's minds were already bubbling over with thoughts and ideas but the grown-ups had forgotten how to listen to them?
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Your imagination is free. Special times with your children are priceless. Sometimes you pay for professional artists, but the impressions they leave on children can last a lifetime.
Children are born highly creative and then early years experiences can shape our brains: to be more creative, or less so. 75% of a child’s brain cell connections are formed at age 0-3, influencing the rest of their lives.
Creative arts can build confidence, develop rounded personalities, unlock human qualities like expression, support development in language, maths and other areas, and help children to engage with education and learning.