This accessible and practical guide explores how we can enhance and embed creativity in the early years to support children’s wellbeing. The book initially explores the work of Anna Craft, Ken Robinson, and Reggio Emilia to think about creativity with young children, before considering what this means for wellbeing. Five core chapters focus on creative mediums – drawing, sculpting and painting; craft; music; dance and drama; and storytelling and poetry – and offer a range of practical ideas and activities to use and adapt.
This book provides:
- A wide range of activities accompanied by examples of collaborative arts projects with children.
- Interviews with artists and practitioners who support children’s wellbeing using creative mediums.
- Recommendations for creative activities using accessible and everyday materials.
- Case studies showing the positive impact of creativity, from developing children’s cultural understanding to soothing and supporting children with sensory experiences.
- Suggestions for enthusing children with a love of words, enabling them to express their thoughts and feelings through creative language.
- Moments for reflection to encourage readers to pause and consider the impact of creativity on their own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of children in their care.
With ideas included that every practitioner can use in their setting, this book is an essential tool for early years professionals who want to build their confidence in using creativity in their practice whilst supporting children’s wellbeing.