Expressive Arts & Design

Aspect Activities to support Adult role
Imagination & imaginative play
  • Role play
  • Small world
  • Construction
  • Dressing up
  • Different material
  • Curiosity box
  • Stories
  • Puppets & theatre
  • Home corner
  • Visits & visitors
  • Topics (from children’s interests)
  • Offering real resources
  • Modelling play
  • Allowing children space to play
  • Commenting on what the children are doing
  • Adding relevant stories and reference books to different areas
  • Offering real experiences such as cooking which can be repeated in the role play
  • Changing role play areas to reflect experiences
Being creative Messy play
  • cornflour
  • Making dough
  • Making cards
  • Shaving foam
  • Jelly
  • Baked bean
  • Pasta Art
  • Mark making
  • Paint
  • Gluing
  • Collage
  • Natural materials
  • Junk modelling
  • Joining & fixing tools
  • Positive images of different art & patterns
  • Technology
  • Colour mixing
  • Sand & water
  • Offering apron –children to have a go
  • Supporting choice and independence
  • Adding key vocab 
  • Support hand washing
  • Supporting children’s creativity 
  • Follow children’s interests
  • Introducing concepts
  • Allow children to explore
  • Colour mixing
Music & Movement
  • Songs / action songs
  • Different types of music
  • Dancing with scarves & ribbons
  • Musical instruments
  • Making musical instruments
  • Exploring different sounds – animals, traffic etc
  • Making sounds with object like pots & pans
  • Listen to different types of music
  • Talk about emotions and feelings
  • Large movements
  • Follow children’s interest
  • Model play
  • Golden rules for indoor movement sessions
Self expression & communication through art
  • Puppets & theatre
  • Making cards
  • Illustrations
  • Creating own art work
  • Being able to display own art work or models
  • Taking photos of their work
  • Displays
  • Trips to local museums
  • Dancing & movement to music
  • Natural materials
  • Support independence – choosing resources, tidying away, using the resources safely
  • Support & praise children’s creativity
  • Having enough resources
  • Allow space & time to explore
  • Introducing key vocab
  • Celebrating work (display? Photo?)