Creative Activities for the Early Years by Stella M. Skinner

By Stella M. Skinner

Packed filled with interesting principles and robust visible aids, this ebook deals field-tested actions to aid practitioners motivate and nurture younger children’s creativity and mind's eye.

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Range of beaters to use with them, some covered in material. qxd 1/22/2007 7:15 PM Page 33 2■ STARTING FROM THE VISUAL ARTS Exploration process You will have previously read the story. Stage one – introduce the theme 1. Display a wide range of instruments for the children to look at. These will include: Instruments to tap/beat, such as wood blocks, tambours, triangles. Instruments to shake, such as tambourines, egg shakers, maracas. Instruments to pluck, such as a guitar. You will also need materials such as plastic bubble wrap, silver foil.

ZZZZZ – whirl to the ground like a falling star. 3. If the children are developmentally ready for this you could then develop the theme from the story of the little boy finding a friend. We gave each child a partner and encouraged one child to make a movement which the other child had to copy and then to swap over. Some children used the sequence we had just developed and some children investigated new ideas. This is a difficult concept for young children so comment on actions and praise all efforts.

Can you make a pattern? Possible learning outcomes: The children might: Develop a repertoire of actions by putting a sequence of movements together. Play cooperatively as part of a group to act out a narrative. Imitate and create movement in response to music. Opportunities for differentiation: Space. Adult support. Relevant curriculum links: CLL – Own stories about friendship. KUW – World around us. Health and safety considerations: Floor surface. Exploration process Stage one – introduce the theme 1.

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