The science behind the toddler art activities
We don’t want to blind you with science but here are the basics if you’re interested in knowing a bit more about our unique methodology… As you may have gathered, it’s based upon nurturing each child's own journey of discovery and development and draws on a wide range of influences. These include:
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences developed by Dr Howard Gardner, Steiner Waldorf, Maria Montessori, Edward de Bono's Creative Thinking and Emilio Reggio's 100 Languages of Children.
Our approach to toddler art activities captures the child's interest and gently increases their focus and attention span. It is also in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Research indicates that children benefit significantly when engaging in toddler art activities if their key person is involved and supports them through their learning experiences.
Our approach helps with children's development in a number of important areas:
• Creative development
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Communication, language and literacy
• Mathematical development
• Knowledge and understanding of the world
• Physical development
'Creativity is about taking risks and making connections and is strongly linked to play. Being creative enables babies and children to explore many processes, media and materials and to make new things emerge. When children have opportunities to play with different ideas in different situations and with a variety of resources, they discover connections and come to new and better understandings and ways of doing things. Adult support in this process enhances their ability to think critically and ask questions.' The Early Years Foundation Stage DES 2007.