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Creating and thinking critically – Having their own ideas

To be creative children use their imaginations – sometimes it’s using imagination to find new ways of doing things or solving a problem.  Find out what this looks like in young children even before they can verbalise their ideas.

Good for looking at

  • Characteristics of effective teaching and learning
  • Having ideas
  • Solving problems
  • Object play
  • Communication
  • Socialising 
  • Leadership
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To be creative,
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children use their imaginations.
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Sometimes it's using imagination
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to find new ways of doing things or solving a problem.
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Often the goal can change as the process unfolds.
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There certainly isn't always an end product
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where they're learning to use their minds
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in a way that's original to them
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and having their own ideas.
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Lisa!
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Even before they can communicate verbally
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children use their hands and movements to do their thinking.
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As they get older,
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children can communicate their ideas with each other
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and work together as a team.
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Children need lots of opportunities in their play
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to come up with their own creative ideas
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and solutions to any problems they might come up against.
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Here.
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This is, is really high.
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Maybe you could...
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Astu, get another ladder Astu.
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Hold this up.
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I found it Charlie.
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Can I, can I try?
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No Emilka wait.
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We're making sure mommy and daddy
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doesn't fall off a tree.
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I found another one.
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We can climb up.
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No, no, no.
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No.