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Creative Activities for the Early Years

Creative Activities for the Early Years

  • Stella Skinner - Early Years Teacher and Consultant, Brighton and Hove

February 2007 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'An excellent resource for all those working with young children... jam-packed with exciting, inspirational activities that encourage young children to nurture their creativity and imagination while helping practitioners to facilitate what children do naturally... It is a book that celebrates and encourages original thought and action to support learning through exploration and investigation, recognising that creativity is about representing one's own image and not reproducing someone else's' - Early Years Educator


'[I]nspirational... This book is easy to read, refreshing and exciting, and I would recommend it to all those working with young children. It is also useful for students, clearly articulating the reasons for providing well-organised child-initiated creative opportunities rather than adult-directed activities' - Nursery World


It is an interesting and informative manual aimed at those who work with children in the 3-5 years age range, and is therefore most suited to anyone in a Pre-School or Day Nursery setting, and could also be valuable to a Reception Teacher...over all, I found this to be a very useful book'.

- National Childminding Association


Packed full of exciting ideas and powerful visual aids, this book will help those working with young children to encourage and nurture their creativity and imagination. The book takes examples of what has worked in an early years setting, and transfers these inspirational activities onto the page.


The book includes:


" practical activities in Art, Dance and Music and ideas on how to link them together;

" advice on how to make the most of music, lighting, space and nursery resources;

" showing how the work supports the Foundation Stage Curriculum;

" ideas for cross-curricular work;

" suggestions for recording children's progress;

" advice on how to choose materials, and a list of specialist suppliers.


Everyone involved in working with young children should read this book. Nursery practitioners, early years teachers, Sure Start workers, play workers and Children's Centre staff will find it an invaluable resource. It is also useful for specialist staff in hospitals and other areas of health.


Approach to Creative Learning in Early Years
Visual Arts
Combined Arts
Curriculum Guidance
Materials and Suppliers
Further Reading and References

'The author, Stella Skinner, having worked in arange of early years pre-school settings has used her knowledge and experience to provide a number of practical activities in art, dance, music and explains in a clear precise way how the work supports the Foundation Stage Curriculum'. - Paula Moss, National Childminding Association

Really informative ideas for creating creative play.

Mrs Samara Farook
Training, Meridian Centre
February 1, 2020

Excellent resource, a must have for my students and myself as a reference to planning and implementing creative activities

Mrs Janet Taylor
early years, Wakefield College
July 10, 2019

Very engaging book. Highly recommended

Ms Denise Mac Giolla Ri
Department of Humanities, Athlone Institute of Technology
July 25, 2019

Good general text for the whole programme as can be used for Creative curriculum, PAD, Work Based Enquiry and Holistic Development type modules

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
June 27, 2018

This is an excellent book for hands on active learning in placement. A student friendly read for all childcare practitioners.

Mrs Donna Kathleen O'Connor
Hair Beauty & Early Years, NWRC
May 18, 2016

An easy to read introduction to a variety of Creative activities/approches in early years. The book has adopted an 'In practice' appraoch that is appealing to students on their placements. I would reccommend this book to students as contains inspirational activities.

Mrs Lauren Louise Whale
Avery Hill Campus, Greenwich University
September 13, 2016

This is an amazing book and is extremely useful when teaching creative arts to young children. The chapter which focuses on music has been particularly useful as it reassures students that they do not have to be experts in this subject and provides examples of how music can be taught in a progressive manner allowing for increased enjoyment and motivation of children.

Faculty of Education (Frenchay), University of The West of England
June 1, 2015

A really exciting book that offeres and range of activities to promote play and learning in the early years.
Easy to read with exciting examples of play. Useful for all levels working with children. A valuable resource that is a winner.

Ms Lisa Oneill
Education , City College Norwich
February 9, 2015

Very useful activity plans for group activities in Creative Arts for Early Years practitioners

Ms Miranda Cournane
Social Sciences, Institute of Technology Tralee
December 17, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 (6.54 mb)

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