Expressive Arts and Design

Expressive Arts and Design is one of the specific areas of learning from birth to 5 years of age.

There are two main aspects:

  • Exploring and using media and materials

  • Being imaginative

For babies we focus on the way they explore media and materials through sensory exploration, move their bodies to music, copy actions and start to make marks.

For toddlers we focus on the way they join in singing their favourite songs, create sounds and show an interest in musical instruments, experiment with colour and marks and make believe by pretending.

For pre-school children we focus on building a repertoire of songs and dance, explore musical instruments, use a range of media to draw and paint with, use simple tools and make constructions, create simple representations and introduce stories into their play.