Explore the Arts with Young Children

This list contains resources to help early childhood educators and caregivers plan high-quality learning experiences in the arts. The resources below are grouped by art form.

Visual Arts

IEL Tip Sheets:

Resource List:

Blog Posts:

Project Approach:

Adapted Lesson Plans:

Benchmark Videos:

Dance and Movement

IEL Tip Sheet:

Benchmark Videos:

Drama and Storytelling

IEL Tip Sheets:

Blog Posts:

Parenting Video:

Guidelines Video:

Benchmark Videos:

Music

IEL Tip Sheets:

Resource List:

Blog Post:

Adapted Lesson Plan:

Project Approach:

Benchmark Video:

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Child Care Center
  • Family Child Care
  • Home
  • Kindergarten
  • Preschool Program

Intended audience(s):
  • Faculty / Trainer
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
  • Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
  • Kindergarten
  • Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)

Related IEL Birth to Three Guidelines:
Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards:
Reviewed: 2019