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HDFS 217 - Creative Experiences for Children

  • 3 credits
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Students in this course will acquire a foundation in theories of play and creativity. This foundation will provide a basis for examining the role of art, music, and literature in development. Finally, we will explore creative techniques appropriate for young children and how these techniques can enhance the child’s self-expression, creativity, and development.

Course Learning Objectives:

Through regular and active course participation, careful and comprehensive reading, and a commitment to staying on schedule, students will:

  • Understand historical and theoretical approaches to play and creativity for young children
  • Understand the role of art, music, and literature in encouraging optimal development for young children
  • Apply this understanding to the development of lesson plan
  • Understand developmentally appropriate techniques for instruction


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology); HDFS 277 (Professional Skills Development I) or concurrent registration

Important Information

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information.  Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Day Halsey
Day Halsey

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Day Halsey is a Senior Instructor faculty member in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She has taught HDFS courses at CSU since 2007. Her interests include early childhood development and education, creativity development, and 21st century learning and environments.