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Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive arts and design is used to develop a child's imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Children do this in range of ways including singing songs and making music, dancing, playing with colours, textures and design. All these approaches to expressive arts  help children to represent and understand their own feelings and ideas.


Some ideas to get creative at home. 


1. Make some wrapping paper for future presents your child might give to friends. Help your child decorate some paper, brown parcel paper works best but if you haven't got any, plain paper will work just fine.  This is a lovely idea as your child can express their creativity and then share their artwork with friends. 


2. Junk model. Instead of throwing away recyclable food packing keep it and let your child create their own structure. 


3. If your child has a trike or bike, put some paper in the garden and some paint on their bike tyres. Let them ride over the paper to see what patterns they make.


4. Go on a nature walk and collect leaves, twigs, flowers. Use the items you collect to make a picture. 


5. Put a splodge of paint on some paper and let children blow on the paint through a straw.