The opportunity to explore and create with a variety of media and materials provides a sensory rich context in which children explore and experience the beauty of color, shape, texture, line and form. It is often another “language” through which children express their emotions and understandings of the world. It allows them to be problem solvers as they figure out how to make parts and pieces stick together with glue or how to manipulate clay to create a small bowl. Arts and crafts are an important component of any school age program.
A child’s capacity to perform or understand a given skill or concept increases with age. However, research indicates this normal trajectory does not hold true when it comes to creative capacity. In 1958 the Torrance Test of Creativity was introduced by university professor E. Paul Torrance. The test measures a child’s capacity to “think outside of the box” and generate ideas.