Nurturing Creativity - Imagination Lab

Nurturing Creativity - Imagination Lab

Activity 2 of 4 in this unit

  • Early Learning
  • The Arts
  • Social
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

This activity provides children with an opportunity to develop skills in futures thinking, systems thinking, imagination and problem solving through making.

Activity Intention:

  • This activity has been designed to develop the creative potential of young children through experiential learning in the arts.

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Lesson Plan

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

EYLF Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • 1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported
  • 1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • 1.3 Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities
  • 1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Learning Outcome 2:

  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • 2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
  • 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Learning Outcome 3:

  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • 3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
  • 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

Learning Outcome 4:

  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
  • 4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
  • 4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

Learning Outcome 5:

  • Children are effective communicators
  • 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
  • 5.2 Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts

Resources required

  • An extensive supply of loose parts (see Teacher Worksheet below for some inspiration), art and craft materials, recycled materials, props, pictures/magazines, books, dress ups, posters, and anything else that may provoke discussion or ideas about the possibilities of a Fantastic Future.
  • A space you can dedicate to the Imagination Lab for an extended period of time.

Supporting resources:

Other resources:

Additional info

This lesson has been developed in partnership with the Graeme Wood Foundation. It is designed to develop the creative potential of young children through experiential learning in the arts.

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