Its No Picasso! A Guide on How Best to Respond to Your Child’s Art Work

Its No Picasso! A Guide on How Best to Respond to Your Child’s Art Work

Making art can play an important part in your child’s development. But what is art and how does it contribute to your child’s progress? This guide attempts to answer these questions.

Using Puppets outdoors - 10 tips and more

Using Puppets outdoors - 10 tips and more

Juliet Robertson, director of Creative Star training, got in touch with the Creative Producer from the Handmade Theatre Company, Suzy Gunn after being inspired by their puppets for further use in early years outdoors settings, and asked a few questions...

Arts in Education Portal - digital resource of arts in education in Ireland

Arts in Education Portal - digital resource of arts in education in Ireland

The Arts in Education Portal is a space where both artists and teachers can be supported and inspired. It seeks to reflect current practice that is taking place in Ireland and to establish a structure through which the arts and education community can be developed.

Artful Thinking - toolkit to develop thoughtful learning

Artful Thinking - toolkit to develop thoughtful learning

Stronger thinking and learning through the power of art - the goal of the Artful Thinking program is to help students develop thinking dispositions that support thoughtful learning – in the arts, and across school subjects.

Creative Connections - A guide to partnerships in arts and education

Creative Connections - A guide to partnerships in arts and education

Creativity is a positive power for change among children and young people. By introducing creative practitioners into the learning environment, it's possible to inspire children, to stimulate new ideas, improve communication and build confidence.

Creating indoor environments for young children

Creating indoor environments for young children

This booklet, written with input from Ann Langston for Community Playthings, focuses on room layout and equipment choice for planning child-centred indoor areas, but outdoor space is indispensable. Most of the principles apply outside as well, and often equipment can be moved outdoors.

Early Years Creativity Toolkit

Early Years Creativity Toolkit

Two projects in Sussex examined creativity in early years by working with artists and bringing them into settings to work alongside practitioners and children. This publication takes documents these projects, showing examples of artists working in settings and offering top tips for trying out these approaches yourself.

Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle, Using Music with Infants and Toddlers

Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle, Using Music with Infants and Toddlers

Rebecca Parlakian and Claire Lerner explore the ways that music promotes growth in the various developmental domains and how infant/toddler professionals can use music experiences to support children's early learning.

Helicopter Technique of Story Telling

Helicopter Technique of Story Telling

Make Believe Arts provide a particular approach for SEN children called the Helicopter Approach, which helps develop spoken narrative and language skills for pupils with SEN or EAL. Also, watch a video on Helicopter Stories: Letting Imagination Fly - Based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley.

Early Years Creative Cookbook

Early Years Creative Cookbook

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.

Playnotes - Painting Outdoors

Playnotes - Painting Outdoors

Playnotes offer information and advice on the best ways and all the wonderful reasons to work creatively with early years children outdoors. This publication explores how to create a large scale outdoor exhibition, and working with professional artists.