Music is a powerful medium – there are not many people in this world who don’t like music in one form or another. Babies love music – from the lullabies that can calm them down and even send them to sleep to upbeat sounds that have them jigging along. We all know that there are some musicians that are naturals – needing no formal musical education, they just CAN play. Some of these talented musicians are able to pick up any instrument (even one they’ve never used or seen before) and immediately get a melody of some sort out of it.
Creative development is one of the six areas of learning for early years education and is all about being creative, expressing ideas and responding to experiences. Creative development is what happens as babies and young children start to explore the world around them. All children have creative ability and it’s up to parents and carers to help them express this ability and develop their creativity.
Modelling clay or playdough is a fantastically creative substance for kids to play with even though it might just look as if they’re making a total mess! However, while this fabulous mess is being made the kids are encountering valuable learning opportunities that are so beneficial in their development.
Taking the kids out for the day can prove an expensive undertaking when you take into account petrol/fares, entry fees, lollies, ice creams and other treats and that’s before you’ve even really thought about having something to eat. Entry fees for many local attractions nowadays are quite steep, making this prohibitive for families with a few kids. If you’re wondering what to do with the kids next half term or holiday, look for some of the less well known local facilities like community farms, woodland trust parks and walks.