Expressive Arts & Design

Expressive arts and design for Pre-School

Not only is arts and design about painting and drawing but it also looks at the children’s ability to be creative with their words, actions and understanding. By encouraging the children to explain what they can see, hear, smell, feel and taste it allows the children to think about what they are experiencing. Through questioning and interacting at the child’s level it gives the child the confidence to express themselves in which ever means they want to be it singing, dancing, drawing, make believe and many more. Expressive arts and design gives children that self-confidence to ask for help or try something out for themselves. Imagination is something which can’t be wrong. Children can imagine anything. A cardboard box can be a spaceship, castle, car or anything they want it to be. By the adult being just excited as the child in what they are doing gives the child to self-belief that they can stretch their imagination as far as they want to. Often in the Pre-School the children will make their own props for their play for example the wooden blocks can be a wall, dragon, car, their friend or a spooky river. The children are given the opportunity to choose their own resources such as pegs and blankets and combine it with mark making tools such as white boards and pens to create their own imaginative and creative play.

EAD is broken down into two aspects:

  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

This gives the children the opportunities to explore all their senses as well as construct with blocks, fabrics and recycled materials. By giving children the opportunities to listen to music as well as create it with instruments both that they have made and ones brought in it allows the children to understand about varying sounds and pitches. This also allows the children to physically become more rhythmic. Children have a natural sense of exploration. Children love to see what happens when you mix two things together. This could be paint, textures such as shaving foam and cereal as well as mixing sounds such as singing.

Being Imaginative

Often children pick up their imaginative play from observing what they see both at home and at nursery. With increasing confidence to explore and play with words often children will make up their own songs and dances as well as rhythms. Children live out their life experiences in their play. For example having a new sibling often the children will play with the dolls but change nappies, feed them and sing to them. This allows the children to consolidate what they understand and experiment with new ideas and feelings.

At Toybox we believe that all children need an outlet for their creativity. Be it in drawing, making, pretending or reading stories. Not only do we provide the children with the ability to do so but we, the staff also get down to the children’s level and play. Playing with the children not only is a great way for the children to get to know us and to become confident around us it also allows us to evaluate the children’s knowledge and extend it.

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