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How to introduce this fun activity. By Penny Tassoni

Mermaids (and mermen) provide play and learning inspiration for children, writes Marianne Sargent

Dance is an important part of the ‘Expressive arts and design’ area of the curriculum, so all settings should give it a go, reports Nicole Weinstein, who also pinpoints some useful resources

In an extract from his speech last month at the first BookTrust Annual Lecture, Michael Morpurgo presents the case for encouraging children and young people to develop a love for reading

The children at one primary school in London had a mysterious visit from a witch, explains Emma Webb

Nicole Weinstein explores the benefits of working with wood, provides some tips on safety, cites the key resources needed and details where to go for more help

Sculpture is an excellent medium for creative expression, but staff and children alike will need help. Nicole Weinstein finds some advice

Working with textiles is both educational and playful. Nicole Weinstein offers some useful tips

Nursery art and craft studios provide a dedicated space for both children and practitioners to be creative, writes Annette Rawstrone, who finds out how four settings are making the most of theirs

Collage experiences not only benefit children’s fine motor development – they also provide a medium for children to represent their experiences and thinking, explains Nicole Weinstein