An understanding of the creative process is important to the teaching of art and music. Studying definitions of creativity, the characteristics of creative individuals, how adults can assist with the creative process, and the relationships between play and creativity provides the foundation needed to understand this complex process. Although some consider art education less important than other parts of the curriculum, there is a strong rationale for including the arts in the early childhood classroom. Understanding developmental trends in art, the content of the early childhood art curriculum, and the adult's role in art experiences allows teachers to create appropriate and interesting art experiences for young children. Music is another important element of the early childhood curriculum. When teachers understand the developmental patterns children follow in their musical growth, create appropriate content for the music curriculum, find ways to facilitate musical experiences, and appropriate materials and activities for young children, they can implement exciting and beneficial musical experiences in the classroom. There are many good resources for creative art and music activities for young children. Teachers and caregivers should plan on including them as an integral part of infant/toddler, preschool, and primary-age education. Dramatic play is a wonderful opportunity to engage young children in early drama experiences. As they take on roles and pretend to be someone else, they are expanding their ability to engage in creative dramatics. Puppets can be used for more structured drama activities with primary children.