The Differences Between Creative Learning and Creativity Creativity Refers to Play and Exploration

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The differences between creative learning and creativity Creativity refers to play and exploration Creative learning is more about imaginative thinking and problem solving. Creative learning involves investigating, discovering, inventing and cooperating. Creative learning is about helping children develop imaginative thinking through an exploration of materials/objects and problem-solving skills, such as construction and ICT. Creativity is about seeing things in a new way and putting ideas together differently, so that a new idea emerges. It’s about bringing imagination to life. Creativity consists of traditional creative arts and the development of imagination and imaginative play, such as role play and small world play. It’s about risk taking and making connections, allowing children to explore and express themselves through a variety of media or materials including, dance, music, making things, drawing, painting and make believe and to make new things emerge as a result. Being creative is strongly linked to play and can occur through a child being absorbed in their own actions and ideas. Children can explore their emotions and it is only partly about producing an end product and is more about children enjoying the process and learning from it. Children who develop their own ideas and are not over- dependent on the ideas of others have a strong sense of self. Whilst children who are always being required to follow adult instructions and tasks cannot develop the control they need in order to be creative. Creativity is about doing things in new ways not like other people. Therefore, it is impossible to know in advance how a model or painting, dance or wooden block construction will look in the end. Creativity means that adults need to give children opportunities to explore material and to play in free- flow. On the other hand, adults are very important
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