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Earlyarts, the national network for people working creatively with children and families, has launched a new interactive map to help settings find early years artists in their area.

Culturebaby is a new programme rolling out in Manchester which aims to help practitioners and families find new ways to engage very young children with art and culture.

Daily access to woodwork and a nearby allotment inspire children to create and construct

A wide range of common EYFS experiences, from block play to clay to recycled materials, can offer children the chance to explore working creatively in three dimensions.

Explore the surprisingly wide variety of woven materials and their artistic possibilities, with the Suffolk Early Years and Childcare Service (Suffolk County Council)

Opening up the creative potential of collage to young children requires knowledge of the basic skills involved and ready access to a wide variety of natural and made materials.

Young children will love to make their mark with print activities using a wide range of materials and techniques that those of any ability can master.

A cheap roll of cardboard was a brilliant investment, says Sally Squires, nursery co-ordinator at James Peacock Nursery School in Ruddington, Nottingham.

Creative play and learning come more naturally when the resources are 'open-ended', lending themselves to a variety of uses and constantly holding attention, says Mary Evans.

Painting offers young children a world of opportunities for experimentation and expression, so early years settings should equip them with ample materials and varied techniques.