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2nd Edition

Supporting Children’s Creativity through Music, Dance, Drama and Art
Creative Conversations in the Early Years

Edited By

Fleur Griffiths

ISBN 9781138208032
Published September 12, 2017 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors



1. Welcome, wonder and magic: words on the fence of a Romanian Kindergarten

Making time and space

Dancing on the decking: an observation

2. Listening more and talking less: nurturing children’s creativity

3. Enriched environments: a dialogue with people, places and materials


4. Creative conversations: the Talking Table

The A-Z of children who visit the Talking Table

5. From scribble to story: making meaning from marks in pencil and paint

6. Storytelling and story-acting: putting positive interaction into action


Music round a cloth

7. Musical movers: creative ideas for using movement with young children

8. The Sounds of Leaping: exploring relationships between music and movement

The Jam Jar Project: a conversational account


9. Conversations for change

Reading and resources

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Fleur Griffiths is a retired nursery teacher/educational psychologist/Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Sunderland University, UK. In retirement she has worked on a contract basis as an educational consultant in Foundation Stage settings in local authorities.