Creativity and Expression in the Early Years (workshop)

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSVS1EC3041

Semester and Year Offered: Semester-3, Monsoon 2018

Course Coordinator and Team: Fariha Siddiqui, Dr Sunita Singh and Sheetal Nagpal

Email of course coordinator:

Pre-requisites The course focuses on the job role of supervisor (Level-6) in an early childhood centre. The course is meant to be offered to those who have specific knowledge and skills related to Day care facilitator (Level-5) offered in 1st year respectively


The specific objectives of the course are to help students:

  • Develop skills of conducting activities with children.
  • Plan developmentally and contextually appropriate activities for children.
  • Develop skills of a supervisor in planning and conducting activities for engaging young children.
  • Understand children’s talk and converse with them.

Course Outcomes:

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Conduct creative activities related to music and movement, drama, art and science with children in a centre.
  • Demonstrate best practices to the facilitator
  • Demonstrate skills to resolve conflicts in children
  • Conduct early language, literacy and numeracy activities with young children in the centre
  • Develop the ability to evaluate activities/materials in terms of age and developmental appropriateness

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

1:Creativity and Expression in the Early Years

These workshops will be linked to the course ‘Developing young children’s creativity’.




Readings (Core and suggested)



Discovering our creative selves:

The exploration of one’s own creativity and how and why to nurture it.

Mayesky, M. (2009).Creative activities for young children. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.


Chapter 15: Dramatic play and puppetry (pp. 323- 344)


Chapter 16: Creative movement (pp. 345-365)


Chapter 17:Creative music (pp. 366- 387)


Chapter 19: Creative science (pp. 423-454)


In class participation and attendance 20%


Short in-class assessments 40%


Term end Assessment 40%


Creativity and visual art:

Visual art activities for creative expression.


Creative thinking activities:

Engage in activities such as, making new stories /extending stories, riddles, Jokes, rhymes, and other activities involving creative thinking.


Music and movement in early years

Activities for fostering music and movement in the early years


Creativity and music in the early years.

Connections between creating music and creativity


Creativity and movement:

Physical activities with an integration of music and movement.


Creativity and drama: play will be explored.

Through these workshops, the development of creativity and imagination using role play, puppets, make-believe/pretend