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Creative Arts

The world is their canvas, and every day brings a new masterpiece.

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At this age, your child isn’t just playing pretend — they're living in their own rich, imaginative worlds. Whether it's staging an impromptu play or sketching scenes from their favorite stories, their creativity knows no bounds.

Your School-Ager (Ages 6-10)

As your child grows, so does their artistic ability. They’re now drawing more complex figures and starting to understand the concept of storytelling. Their appreciation for different colors, patterns and textures is growing, and they’re eager to experiment with different kinds of art materials. Music plays a more significant role in their life, with many children this age singing songs or showing interest in learning an instrument. Their movement becomes more coordinated, allowing them to dance and play more dramatically. At this age, creativity isn’t just an activity — it's a way of understanding and interacting with the world.

  • I Love to Create and Imagine

    Your child’s imagination is vivid, and it’s reflected in what they create. They might invent stories for their drawings or spend time building imaginary worlds. They're learning to use art as a form of expression, narrating their inner thoughts and stories through their creations.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program provide a variety of art materials and encourage children to use them creatively? Look for opportunities where kids can choose their own projects and express themselves, be it through painting, sculpting or crafting.

  • Music and Movement

    Children in this age group can more actively participate in music than ever before. They enjoy singing, experimenting with rhythms and might start showing interest in learning a musical instrument. Dance can become a form of storytelling, where they express emotions through their movements.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program incorporate music and dance as a regular part of their programming? Are there opportunities for children to experiment with instruments, participate in sing-alongs or choreograph dance routines?

  • Exploring Through Play

    Role-playing becomes more sophisticated at this age. Children enjoy acting out scenarios from their favorite stories or daily life, developing their narrative skills and empathy by stepping into different roles.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program provide diverse props and settings for dramatic play? Look for signs that children are encouraged to create and act out stories, fostering their imagination and storytelling skills.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!

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From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions, please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • Nature's Palette

    Take a walk outside with your child and collect natural items like leaves, flowers, twigs and pebbles. Bring everything back home and create a nature-inspired art piece. Your child can glue the items onto a large piece of paper or cardboard, arranging them to create landscapes, abstract designs or a collage. This activity encourages observation skills and creativity, while also encouraging a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

  • Storybook Creators

    Encourage your child to write and illustrate their own short story. They can start by brainstorming ideas for a simple plot and characters, then sketch and color illustrations on paper. Help them bind the pages together to create their very own storybook. This activity taps into their artistic skills and helps in understanding narrative structure and storytelling

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