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Traditional Creative Arts
Arts and craft activities include traditional creative arts which have been practiced for centuries (such as tapestry) as well as modern inventions (such as T-shirt art). Although most arts and crafts require a combination of patience, skill and speed, many of them can be learned at a basic level by everyone, including young children. Arts and crafts can be divided into different categories such as using:
Creative arts provide opportunities for young children to understand the world around them by experimenting with materials to discover their properties and possibilities. Examples of materials and equipment for creative arts include: paint and brushes, paper (of different colors, shapes, sizes) glue, scissors, play-dough, wood, metal and clay and associated equipment. (Remember to apply the health and safety procedures of the setting.)
Creative arts provide opportunities for young children to express their feelings and ideas, as well as develop their imaginative and creative skills. You should ensure that the creative activities provided are appropriate to the ages and developmental needs of the children you work with, and are in line with the overall plan for the setting.