Plan opportunities which encourage children’s expressive art and design

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.4: Contribute to enabling play environments
Learning outcome: 9 Be able to plan and lead opportunities which encourage children’s engagement in expressive arts and design
Assessment criteria: 9.1 Plan opportunities which encourage children’s expressive art and design

  • The EYFS states that: “The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity”
  • Opportunities that encourage expressive art and design in children include:
    • Making and playing with musical instruments (e.g. shakers etc.)
    • Mark-making with a variety of tools (e.g. pens, brushes, stamps etc.)
    • Dancing and other types of expressive movement
    • Sensory play (e.g. slime, sand, water, clay etc.)
    • Crafts (e.g. collage-making, plasticine models etc.)

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