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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

Packed full of exciting ideas and powerful visual aids, Creative Activities for the Early Years offers field-tested activities to help practitioners encourage and nurture young children's creativity and imagination. The author presents practical activities in art, dance and music and ideas on how to link them, and guidelines for making the most of music, lighting, space and nursery resources.

This reader-friendly resource also provides:

  • Ideas for cross-curricular work
  • Suggestions for recording children's progress
  • Ideas for selecting materials and a list of specialist suppliers
Approach to Creative Learning in Early Years
Visual Arts
Combined Arts
Curriculum Guidance
Materials and Suppliers
Further Reading and References

A solid text that supports students new to placement. Helpful creative activities supported by current research and theory. Also helpful in planning ‘next steps’
Great pictures to demonstrate children’s engagement in the activities

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
October 17, 2014

A useful resource for students who wish to be hands on practitioners.

Kerrie Lee
Faculty of Education (Hull), Hull University
May 24, 2014

Very helpful for a curriculum module, has been recommended to students for purchase

Miss Fay Armstrong
Health and Enterprise, Newcastle College
April 22, 2014

Much more than a range of activities. This book offers great ideas an ideas for extending them.
There is so much here and it's valuable to all teachers and practitioners. Themes, thorough explanations, downloadable activity planning sheets and more. The book has an accompanying website with support and more resources.
It has a clear type face and is very accessible.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Childcare & Early Years, Sheffield College
September 23, 2013

Ideas to suppport early years pratitioners

Mrs Maria Johnson
Community Learning Service, North East Lincolnshire Council
July 11, 2012

This book has a great layout and a very reader friendly approach.

Mrs Kelly Needham
CCLD/Health and Soical Care , South Leicestershire College
May 24, 2011

Some excellent ideas for creative activities and an excellent planning sheet

Mrs Noelle Wilson
Childhood Studies, Hull College
May 4, 2011

An interesting book that tries to help the non creative expert gain understanding and confidence in using creativity in early years. Her ideas are clearly set out but I would have enjoyed further illustration and examples of work from the children. A difficult subject handled successfully.

Ms Denise Elliott
primary education, Stranmillis University College
February 14, 2011

This is a very good text that will support the students to plan activities linked to their placement.

Mrs Fiona Craig
Education , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
November 13, 2009

This book is a good base from which to start for new students entering into placement without having the previous vocational experience of nursery or school. The layout of the text gives a clear picture of how and why creativity is essential in the planning of any activities for an early years settings. Many of the planning grids are easy to follow for the novice, and would support those students and practitioners who are continuing to develop their skills. The range of activities are an excellent base on which to value how creativity can be used to enhance all areas of the curriculum. The format is easy to follow and would be a book that would stay on the desk, rather than remain on the shelf. A useful addition to childcare students who are starting on their learning journey.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
HE and rofessional Development |Centre, North East Worcestershire College
October 21, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 (6.54 mb)

Stella M. Skinner

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