An essential part of children’s development in the early years involves creative engagement through language, gestures, body movements, drawing, music, and creating shared meanings in playful contexts.

Supporting Children’s Creativity through Music, Dance, Drama and Art brings together contributions from a range of early years practitioners and professionals, sharing their ‘creative conversations’ and helping readers to implement the themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in a creative way. Including a new chapter to explore the relationships between music and movement, this second edition has been fully updated and covers:

  • How to incorporate music-making and storytelling in the classroom
  • How to use stories of practice to inspire reflection and change
  • How to extend, challenge and sustain children’s interests
  • How to make use of the ‘Talking Table’ and ‘Helicopter’ approaches
  • How to become an effective play-partner
  • How to improve practice with interactive strategies and music for well-being
  • How to use observation to inspire planning and learning projects.

Appealing to all with an interest in early years practice, this new edition demonstrates how parents, carers and practitioners can put excitement and inspiration back into the learning process, guiding them to encourage and support the creative capacities of young children.

chapter |6 pages


ByFleur Griffiths

part |10 pages


chapter 1|8 pages

‘Welcome’, ‘wonder’ and ‘magic’

Words on the fence of a Romanian kindergarten
ByAnnabella Cant

part |30 pages

Making time and space

chapter 2|14 pages

Listening more and talking less

Nurturing children’s creativity
ByKay Rooks

chapter 3|14 pages

Enriched environments

A dialogue with people, places and materials
ByFleur Griffiths, Tracy Kirkbride

part |57 pages


chapter 4|17 pages

Creative conversations

The Talking Table
ByFleur Griffiths

chapter |8 pages

The A–Z of children visiting the Talking Table

ByFleur Griffiths

chapter 5|13 pages

From scribble to story

Making meaning from marks in pencil and paint
ByFleur Griffiths, Marysia Holubecki-France

chapter 6|17 pages

Storytelling and story-acting

Putting positive interaction into action
ByEvi Typadi, Karen Hayon

part |42 pages


chapter 7|16 pages

Musical movers

Creative ideas for using movement with young children
ByAngela Foley

chapter 8|12 pages

The Sounds of Leaping

Exploring relationships between music and movement
ByCatherine Reding

chapter |3 pages

The Jam Jar Project

A conversational account
ByTracy Kirkbride

chapter 9|9 pages


ByFleur Griffiths, Pat Triggs