Expressive arts and design, encourages children to take part in a variety of activities such as music, art, role-play, singing and dancing. This helps to develop imagination and creativity. There are two aspects involves in EAD.


  • Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


  • Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.



Helping your child learn and develop in Expressive Arts and Design

0-11 months:

·       Let you child explore and make a mess!

·       Speak with your child. Your child needs to hear words and learn how to use them.


8-20 months:

·       Let your child use their hands and feet with paint, so they can explore what marks they make.

·       Provide resources such as boxes, rattles and children’s mirrors, so you child can explore different objects and learn what to do with them.


16-26 months:

·       Give your child a big piece of paper and let them find out what marks they can make with a variety of media, such as paints, crayons and pencils.

·       Give your child a bowl of soapy water so they can wash their baby doll. Activities such as this will help develop imagination.


22-36 months:

·       Let your child explore the sounds they can make with everyday objects, such as spoons, pans and pots.

·       Make pictures with your child using paper, glue and scissors.

·       Encourage your child to be imaginative with dress up and role play.


30-50 months:

·       Let your child use paints to mix their own colours.

·       Help your child make items such as capes or spaceships from paper and cardboard boxes to develop imagination.


40-60 months:

·       Sing and dance with your child, to their favourite songs.

·       Help your child to explore a further variety of media and materials such as string, sticky tape and glue, by making models.

·       Encourage your child to tell you a story about what they are doing when they are playing dress-up.