Expressive Arts and Design
Resources for expressive art and design in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- Early Arts National organisation with specialist trainers, with extensive articles, research links, ideas and resources.
- The Musical Development Matters publication is available from Early Education as a FREE download.
Exploring and using media and materials
- A useful article about exploratory play with clay from Playful Learning.
- An interesting blog about drawing as meaning making, based on Reggio Emilia principles from Debi Keyte-Hartland.
- A brief reminder about the importance of creativity, including music, in the early years from Early Arts.
- Singing new songs - excellent article by Marjorie Ouvry, an expert in music and early years
- Music – this article makes the case of the benefits for young children of experiencing live music from PACEY.
- Highly recommended, free booklet about woodwork in the early years is available from Community Playthings
- Rice and ice – unusual idea for a cross-curricular tactile activity from Learning 4 Kids.
- An article and interesting ideas for water play is here – professional judgement is recommended re some of the ‘water play enhancers’ suggestions! From Community Playthings.
- Expressive arts - stay outside to explore sound from Teachwire.
- Ideas for setting up well-organised exploratory activities with paint from Fairy Dust Teaching.
- Organise your resources for loose parts exploration – useful photos and top tips to support clear and accessible organisation from Fairy Dust Teaching.
- Idea for a design activity based on Kandinsky’s circles from Fairy Dust Teaching.
- Lego and small world play: scroll down this site for ideas combining dolls houses and Lego from Creative QT.
- Blog from Alistair Bryce Clegg about presenting and developing play with sand using cardboard dividers
- A simple way to make a cardboard easel from Artbar.
- Ice! Try these activities from Science Sparks.
- Top tips and inspiration from Alistair Bryce-Clegg in this new Transient Autumn Art blog post. These outdoor artworks by James Brunt will inspire you and your children.
- Although not early years specific, the Go Noodle dynamic music, movement and mindfulness site from the US is recommend by nursery colleagues. See also the Melody music site from Cbeebies.
- Browse this extensive collection of creative possibilities, collated by EarlyArts.
- A great handbook packed with creative learning ideas is available via Octopus Inc.
- A good idea from Kids STEAM Lab on mark making using Lego.
- Deconstructed role play - an insightful, inspiring article by Alistair Bryce-Clegg on children’s role play
- Thought-provoking articles, including several about ‘process over product’ by the Curiosity Approach.
Guidance by the Early Years Team in Brighton and Hove suggests ways to develop this area of learning: