Expressive Arts & Design

Expressive arts and design for Reception Children

Helping children to be creative is as much about encouraging attitudes of curiosity and questioning as about skills or techniques. Children notice everything and closely observe the most ordinary things that adults often take for granted. Building on children’s interests can lead to them creating amazing inventions or making marks on paper that represent for them an experience or something they have seen. Encouraging children to choose and use materials and resources in an open-ended way helps them to make choices and to have confidence in their own ideas. Retaining childhood confidence in their ideas and skills can easily be lost if others ‘take over’ and try to suggest what the child is making, thinking or doing. Just expressing an interest in the process a child has gone through is often enough or asking open questions such as ‘Can you tell me about it – that looks interesting’ may be all that is required to help a child hold on to their remarkable creativity.

EAD is broken down into two aspects:

  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

This aspect is about enabling children to build up their own repertoire of songs and dances and exploring the sounds of musical instruments. Children are able to experiment and create different materials as well as manipulate materials to achieve a planned effect. They can use the tools needed and adapt their work as needed to make changes required.

Being Imaginative

This aspect develops children abilities to create simple representations of events, people and objects that they have experienced as well as introducing a storyline in to their play. Children are encouraged to choose colours for a particular purpose and play alongside others. Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about their uses and purpose. They represent their own ideas and feelings in a variety of ways.

At Toybox we encourage the children to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through dance, role play and stories. We provide activities to encompass these early learning goals, such as themed role play introducing narrative and storylines. We encourage children to paint pictures and make models from recycled material, selecting tools that they need, combining different media and adapting it as they wish. We use original stimulus’ or topics as a base for them to work from, introducing different ideas, pictures and methods to use.

 

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