HDFS 217 - Creative Experiences for Children

  • 3 credits

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

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology).

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

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning, 7th Ed. (2018)
    Isenberg, Joan P. and Jalongo, Mary R.

Additional readings as assigned; available through relevant units in CANVAS.


Day Halsey
Day Halsey

(970) 227-0354 | Day.Halsey@colostate.edu

Day Halsey is Senior Instructor faculty meember in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She has taught HDFS courses at CSU for 11 years. Her interests include early childhood development and education, creativity development, and 21st century learning and environments.

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