Shake Rattle Roll

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning

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Author Spotlight

Nurturing Young Imaginations and Teaching Creativity

With Abby Connors

Abby ConnorsAbigail Flesch Connors is an early-childhood music teacher, presenter, and author of Shake, Rattle and Roll: Music Activities for Active Learning.

Abby has presented many workshops for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and other educational organizations. She says, "Working with young children and their amazing creative minds is a joyous gift, a unique privilege, and an awesome responsibility. As teachers and caregivers we have the power to squash their creative energies — or to inspire and encourage them to develop their individual creative gifts." Visit her Web site at

Teaching Creativity and Music Features

Abigail Connors Interview

Abby discusses her passion for inventing games and songs to teach children about music and describes her music enrichment program for kids.

The Creative Magic of Naming

How to use the Naming Game to empower children and foster creativity.

Richard Feynman's 'Explore the World'

Learning about children and creativity from Richard P. Feynman, one of the greatest physicists of our time.

Robert Henri's 'The Art Spirit'

Taking the “art spirit” Robert Henri wrote about in 1923 seriously and nourishing it with our caring encouragement.

E. Paul Torrance's Creative Manifesto for Children

Making the most of the remarkable words E. Paul Torrance, the Father of Creativity, wrote in 1983.

10 Ways Improvisation Helps Children Learn

Children are constantly improvising in play, language, singing, playing instruments, dance and movement, and art.

Children Need to Know We Value Their Ideas

When a child feels that her ideas are unappreciated, sooner or later she's going to stop sharing her ideas.

Creative Arts and Creative Thinking Are Not the Same Thing!

There's so much more to educating the creative mind than arts education.

My Student Just Did Something Creative... Now What?

How do I protect, nurture and nourish this growing creative mind?

Think Outside the Catalog

The multitude of fabulous, free art materials hiding in plain sight.

The Secret Ingredient to Teaching Creativity

Using respect to unlock children's creative potentials.

Never Say 'No' to Creativity

You’ve probably heard of the first rule of comedy improvisation: never say no.

Prepare to Be Amazed!

Creative ideas don't always appear in ways we expect, but we can be ready for the unexpected.

Raising Creative Children — It’s Never Too Early to Start!

Children are often exploding with creativity.

The Secret (and Very Creative) Life of Puppets

How to use puppets to stir imaginations, nurture creativity, and promote creative thinking in children.

Teachers: Use Your Creativity to Find the Beauty of Burnout

10 Creative exercises for teachers of young children.

How to Help Children Stay Creative

Young children are artists, buzzing with creativity, filled with wonder, curiosity, and fresh new ideas.

Keep 'Creativity Folders' of Children's Ideas

The value in recording the countless creative ideas and thoughts of children.

6 Ways Music and Movement Activities Help Children Learn and Grow

Rhythmic movement to music benefits young children's development across many domains.

The Crunchy Munchy Salad Activity

This creative music and movement activity benefits children in many ways including: auditory memory, cognitive development, fine and gross motor skills, imagination and curiosity.

Creating Music and Dance with Young Children

When children are encouraged to volunteer their ideas for improvising lyrics, playing instruments, and moving their bodies, they are building their confidence and creative thinking skills.