Play 4 creativity

Why play for creativity?

Creative and imaginative play encourages self-expression and helps children to process emotions and experiences. The creative process itself is an opportunity for children to develop cognitive skills, scientific method, problem solving, dexterity and the ability to identify symbols, patterns and shapes.

Examples of creative play

Creative and imaginative play can encompass a whole range of activities, which can be both self-led and partially structured by adults. This includes:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Fantasy play
  • Music, movement and dance
  • Constructing and building
  • Baking

Play for creativity

You can read more about the importance of play for creativity in the ‘Creating Creators’ report, published by the LEGO Foundation.

Examples of creative play

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Face painting
  • Dressing up
  • Writing stories/poems
  • Building models
  • Creating objects out of clay and plasticine
  • Creating a collage with magazines