Many younger children love construction and modelling using clay, cardboard boxes, collage, weaving, blocks, sticks or stones to represent their ideas at the same time as challenging and refining their motor skills. These resources help children to initiate play, build on their interests, use all their senses and physicality, and nurture their own innate curiosity. The simpler and more open-ended the resource, the more imaginative the adventure!
CapeUK’s ‘Early Years Creative Cookbook’ in partnership with Earlyarts and Calderdale Council’s Early Years Team and Earlyarts; inspires early years settings, professionals and practitioners across the country to engage in similar creative approaches.
Two projects in Sussex have been examining creativity in early years through working with artists and bringing them into settings to work alongside practitioners and children. This publication takes you into the heart of these projects, showing you examples of artists working in settings and giving you top tips for trying out these approaches yourself.
We are all individuals, each of us with a unique view of the world. Creativity is about communicating those views and sharing, and representing, our ideas. Jane Drake sets out her ideas for supporting a highly creative construction area.
A guide to open-ended or free-flow play with blocks and simple materials. Children of all ages should have abundant time for active free-flow play, during which they take initiative, think imaginatively and build friendship. A wealth of open-ended play – with simple materials – can set children on the road to being confident individuals with a lively interest in life.
Many classrooms are simply not designed to meet the developmental needs of infants and toddlers in group care, nor do they support teachers in their role as facilitators of children’s learning and self-directed play. By contrast, a well-designed environment can have enormous positive impact on the well-being of both children and teachers.
A publication from Places Projects. This book is for teachers, parents and other collaborators, about the way children respond to the things they find in the city, and how they construct their own cultures and environments.