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Expressive Art and Design

Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.  It is divided into two strands:

Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative

Ideas for parents and carers

  • Use paints, pencils and pens to encourage drawing and mark making. Value any drawings; it does not need to resemble anything, just have fun!
  • Make collages and pictures from natural materials, found or purchased materials.
  • Play with playdough, compost, clay or shaving foam and talk about textures and patterns.
  • Retell favourite stories together, try acting out a simple part . Children can join in familiar stories such as ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ or ‘The Three Bears”.
  • Children love dens and hiding places. Use sheets and table cloths over chairs, washing airers or outside to create enclosed spaces.
  • Play dressing up with different hats, clothes, and shoes.
  • Encourage your child to engage in imaginative play.
  • Enjoy listening to different types of music together and join in with familiar songs. Have a pop concert with toy microphones and play instruments.