NIDA Creative Play for 3-5 Years, Melbourne

Creative Play for 3-5 Years, Melbourne

Creative Play provides an entertaining and supportive learning environment designed especially for growing artists and their families.

Learning framework

Each week students participate in play based dramatic exercises to engage the body, voice and imagination in creative, self-expression. We work with a different theme or focus on a specific area of creative development each term. Classes are tailored to the developmental and creative needs of individual children.

What is Creative Play?

Creative Play actively engages children and parents in storytelling and artistic practice through voice, movement and dramatic play based activities.
Children and their parents are supported by our experienced tutors to:

  • Develop self-confidence
  • Explore social contexts and group dynamics
  • Develop voice and communication skills
  • Discover the physical world and cultural landscapes
  • Engage their personal creativity and artistry in a fun environment

Term 1, 2023: When I'm BIG...!

'When I'm BIG I'll be a deep sea diver'. 'When I'm BIG I'll have a pet dragon'. 'When I'm BIG I'll ride a unicycle on a tightrope.' Use movement and role-play to explore some of the amazing adventures that await you when you're BIG. Engage your imagination to create exciting stories with your NIDA friends.

Course focus

  • Explore creative practice through storytelling and physical adventure.

Term 2, 2023: Stories from the Past

Join the fun as we develop characters through voice and movement and engage in creative play exercises to dramatise beloved tales from times gone by such as Thumbelina and Three Billy Goats Gruff. Use soundscapes, rhythms and physical play to develop dramatic situations and characters and bring popular children's stories to life. 

Course focus

  • Be introduced to vocal and physical communication, exploring well-known children’s stories and characters.

Term 3, 2023: Carnival of Stories

Engage in creative play workshops inspired by the language, images and themes in the books from the 2023 National Book Week. Meet exciting characters, experience their stories and explore the joy of reading.

Course focus

  • Explore a new Children’s Book Week story adventure each week.

Term 4, 2023: All Aboard!

Hop on board the NIDA train each week and travel to new and exciting locations. Meet the fascinating characters who live there and create fun stories together. Take a trip to the sea, wander through the rainforest or visit a remote outback station. Exciting adventures await you ... tickets please!  

Course focus

  • Create stories with your NIDA friends as you discover your place in the world and explore your imagination.

Important information

  • Please read our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.
  • Flights and Accommodation: From time to time we may need to cancel an advertised course. Before booking flights and accommodation for travel to attend a NIDA Open course, please contact the NIDA Open office to confirm if your course will proceed as planned. NIDA does not accept liability for any associated costs of attendance or cancellation.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing you/your child can move in for all drama and performance related courses. Clothing that restricts movement is inappropriate.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • Please bring a bottle of water to all classes.
  • If you are running late to collect your child, please call NIDA reception on 02 9697 7600. NIDA will only provide supervision during advertised course times.

Parents and siblings in class (for with parents classes only)

  • One parent is asked to actively participate in the class with their child.
  • Siblings and babies are not able to sit in on classes.
  • The NIDA tutor is there to creatively coach, guide and inspire your child. If your child is upset or having difficulty focussing through a class, please help them to focus and participate in group activities. You are welcome to take your child outside the classroom if they need some time and space away from the group.

Enrol for the full year in advance to receive a 15% discount off the full price!

  • Discount is only applicable when booking all four terms within the same calendar year.
  • Discount is not available online. Please book over the phone by calling the office on 1300 450 417 to receive the discount.
  • If students do not attend all four terms, the discount is no longer valid.

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