Expressive arts 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.
- Exploring and using media and materials: Children will learn and sing songs, make music and dance. Listening, concentration and attention skills are greatly enhanced by music. Children will learn to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. All artwork, model making, creativity is highly valued; staff give these skills time to develop and support children to develop their imaginations and resourcefulness.
- Being imaginative: Children will use media and materials in original ways and represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
How can parents and carers help?
- Painting, drawing, colouring just for fun. Do not expect your child to draw or paint anything recognisable at first. The fun is in the creation, not in the end product.
- Allow your child to make models using construction items (duplo, stickle bricks etc), but also from old cereal and egg boxes.
- Allow your child to play with empty boxes – these are often as much fun as the item that was inside them!
- Allow your child to develop their imagination. An old sheet over a table or pegged up outside can make a brilliant den and will give hours of fun.
- Save old saucepans, tins and allow your child to make music. Sing along to nursery rhymes and pop songs!
- Develop your child’s imagination. Act out stories; take part in role play with them by playing shops, schools, teddy bear picnics. Try and collect a few dressing-up clothes, old t.shirts, skirts, shoes and scarves have many possibilities!
- If you are anxious about your child spoiling their clothes dress them in old ones so they can really have lots of fun without being worried.