Designing movement activities to develop children's creativity in early childhood education

Hun Ping Rebecca CHEUNG

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Abstract

This article describes the introduction of creative movement activity in three Hong Kong kindergartens to promote children's creativity. The purposes of the study were to examine the effectiveness of creative movement activity in promoting children's creativity and teachers' perceptions of the activities. The movement activities were designed based on four aspects: (1) introduce the theme; (2) acquire and explore of movement skills; (3) creation and expression; and (4) performance and appreciation. The participants were 12 children and three class teachers. Torrance's test of creative thinking including fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration was employed to measure children's creativity and teachers' perceptions of creative movement activity provided insights into factors that influenced children's creativity. Results showed that children's movement responses became more varied and always gave surprise to the teachers but limited knowledge, skills and experiences of teachers seemed to be a challenge of Hong Kong kindergarten teachers to foster children's creativity. Copyright © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-385
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume180
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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Cheung, R. H. P. (2010). Designing movement activities to develop children's creativity in early childhood education. Early Child Development and Care, 180(3), 377-385.

Keywords

  • Creative movement
  • Creative development
  • Early childhood
  • Hong Kong