How Does A Child Develop Creativity Through Art?

At its core, literature is one of the best ways to help children understand something without necessarily having experienced it for themselves. Children can be introduced to all types of subjects and concepts, building their understanding of humanity and the world around them.

Art is important during early development. The visual arts allow children to enter an imaginative world, to be creative and to engage in playful thinking. It also boosts observation, self-esteem and provides a sense of accomplishment.


UKT have been inspired by “Katie and the Sunflower” by James Mayhew, and also “Sunflowers” by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), which he painted using very thick paint and bright colours.  Although a famous painting today, during his life time people did not like his paintings because they were so different. The children recreated the sunflowers by folding paper to look like a fan and then sticking it. They also made their own still life drawing of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflower” using oil pastels and honing their observational skills.

UKF focused on “Only one you” by Linda Kranz where they have explored the importance of appreciating themselves and how their differences make them special… “Only one you….make it a better place. No matter how you look at it there is so much to discover.” The class have created a beautiful and individual shoal of fish. This combined display board enters an imaginative and creative world, providing a sense of accomplishment.  The children definitely were adventurous – tested the water – and dived in to make a wonderful undersea display board.  This book reinforces that everyone is individual and can make the world a better place by just being themselves – Only one you.

UKC considered the value of perseverance when reading “The Little Owl” by Caroline Pitcher.  “Little Owl stretched and strained… I will do it too… Yes, I’m last and very small but I will never give up at all… and he flew, and flew, and flew!”.  The children created the little owl through collage and also through paint.  They worked together to achieve a wonderful parliament of owls.

Well done Upper Kindergarten, your display boards are really wonderful and very creative!


Written by Mrs Boultwood