Creative play develops a range of skills including gross and fine motor control, shape awareness, colour identification, imagination and satisfaction in producing something. Modelling, painting, drawing, sewing, knitting and other such activities are about exploring textures, feel, colour and perspective than about their wider creative imagination. Imagination will play a part when freedom to express their art is allowed. Concentration and attention to detail are more developed when a precise activity is asked for. Self-confidence and co-ordination are improved and independence of thought often comes through arts and crafts.
Creativity can be found in so many toys, as playing with a toy fires the imagination and thus leads to creative thinking. Being creative stretches the mind whilst engaging children with colour, shape, reading instructions, narrative and much more. There is a wide range of creativity when you think of a blank page with a pencil through to the paint by numbers type of toy. Boys and girls have creativity in equal measure so toys to promote this can be gender neutral.