"Creative development" is the process of developing creative abilities through exploration, decision making and expression. Children go through various stages of creative development separate from their physical and intellectual development.
Creative development begins with play. Free play in an appropriate environment provides a safe place for toddlers to satisfy their curiosity as they take risks by trying out new activities and playing with familiar items in new ways. When children get older, creative development is encouraged by giving children choices to improve decision-making skills, asking open-ended questions to encourage creative thinking and providing opportunities for expression. Painting, music making and dress-up props all provide new avenues for exploring creative expression.