Skilly-do ♥ Creative Early Educators - Leigh Dingle

24 June 2019

creative early educator leigh dingle

Meet Leigh Dingle! Leigh has been a creative early educator since 2010, inspiring early learners in and around Wilmington, NC after graduating from UNC Wilmington and receiving degrees in Social Work, Early Childhood and Special Education. You can find her Kids & Company Preschool Learning Center as PreK Lead Teacher. Or, you can connect with Leigh directly on Instagram @ klassicleigh_preschool where she showcases her love for music, culture, and preschool-related content. Go, Leigh, go!

How long have you been a preschool teacher sharing creative experiences with children?

I have been a preschool teacher for nine years with additional years of experience with various age groups of children.

Why do you want to teach young children about creativity?  

I want children to know creativity is a brilliant way to "tap into their superpowers." Whether children participate in  creative art, movement, and/or music these are all ways to enhance brain and personal development.

What kind of creative projects or activities do you do for yourself?

I love to write short stories and poetry in my spare time away from the classroom. In the classroom I love to witness my students interact with collage materials, paints, and crayons to create art.

What’s your favorite type of creative project do you like to do with children?

I love collage art and the bond I create with children during the process! We discuss all the materials we will use, the placement on the page, and when the final product is done the piece is given a name.

What is the most rewarding part of your work with children?

The most rewarding aspect of my work is watching the transition to Kindergarten throughout the school year. I also treasure the relationships with families and the bond we create. We truly become a family!

What advice would you give parents on how to encourage their children’s creativity?

I would simply ask families to make a small space in their home to spark creativity. Materials can be inexpensive and range from paper, Play-Doh, crayons, paint. Also, I can't stress this enough; provide various genres of music! Music is healing, joyful, and inspires movement.

Feeling inspired?

Play dough is one of the easy, affordable materials that Leigh encourages preschool parents to use. You can whip up your own home-made play dough with our Super Simple Play Dough and Dough for Keeps activities! And find out more about how quick, creative activities can support your child's early growth in our article, Art Builds Brains - How Art Stimulates Young Children's Mental Growth.

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