Feb 25, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in the Sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

CHC5719 - Creative Activities For Young Children (3 hrs)

This course identifies the creative and educational needs of children from infancy to six years of age. Students will address developmental and educational standards for art, music, language, literature, science, math and social concepts through the use of toys, dramatic play, enrichment activities, etc. Students will create a professional portfolio of lesson plans and activities based upon the theories and best practices learned in previous early childhood courses. This professional portfolio can be utilized during field experiences and clinical practice.

Course Classification:



Must have taken the following: PSY6711 General Psychology, SOC6811 Principles of Sociology, CHC5711 Development of the Young Child, CHC5715 Interactions Techniques with Young Children, CHC5717 Early Childhood Education, CHC5740 Infant and Toddler.

*Should be taken after or concurrently with EDU6281 Children with Special Needs.

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student apply knowledge and understanding of the theories and best practices learned in previous early childhood courses when designing appropriate play needs for children from infancy to six years of age. Toys, dramatic play, art, music, literature, science, games and enrichment topics are studied in preparation field experiences and clinical.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will have developed a professional portfolio of various lesson plans and activities which demonstrates understanding of the various theories and best practices when working with children from infancy to age six.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Play Needs During Various Stages of Development

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully…

  • Plan various activities for stage of development.
  • Provide opportunities where child can express feelings.
  • Organize and guide play activities which address gross motor skills.
  • Examine the critical role of play in enhancing the social, emotional or physical development of the child.
  • Integrate Play into various discipline areas (i.e. problem-solving, language, music, art, social science, etc).

UNIT 2: Educational Needs/Development in Various Discipline Areas

Outcomes: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to successfully…

  • Plan art activities for each developmental stage.
  • Discuss importance of scribbling in the development of the child.
  • Evaluate the role of the teacher during art/symbolic related activities.
  • Illustrate the importance of appropriate materials for age and developmental stage of the child.
  • Compare various art mediums and develop activities appropriate for young children which allow for exposure to multiple art mediums and techniques.
  • Develop art/symbolic activities where a child can express feelings in appropriate ways.
  • Plan music, finger play & rhythm activities.
  • Compare various genres of music and rhythm patterns and develop activities appropriate for young children which allow for exposure to various musical experiences.
  • Plan activities for problem-solving & critical thinking.
  • Plan activities for language acquisition and communication development.
  • Plan story time using age and developmentally appropriate children’s literature.
  • Evaluate children’s books for gender/ethic biases and construct a list of appropriate books for the social, emotional and psychological development of the child.
  • Create a print rich environment to promote letter & number recognize and site word development.
  • Plan special activities (field trips, resource people, etc.) appropriate for age and developmental stage.
  • Plan daily activities which address various educational and developmental needs at various stage while integrating play.

UNIT 3: Assessment of Developmental Progress

Outcomes: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to successfully…

  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective observation and appropriate documentation when assessing developmental progress.
  • Develop appropriate assessment tools or activities for measuring developmental and educational progress.

Projects Required:

Various Lesson plans, activities and a professional portfolio based upon theories and best practices.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:

Contact Bookstore for suggested materials should any be required.

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.