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Oxhey Early Years Centre

“Inspiring individuals to learn and thrive in a nurturing and welcoming environment”

Expressive Art & Design

This area of learning is divided into 2 areas:

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative


At OEYC your child will be learning to:

  • Join in with dancing and ring games
  • Move to music
  • Play simple musical instruments and follow rhythms
  • Explore paints and make their own pictures
  • Make models from a wide range of toys and “junk”
  • Role play familiar scenes – in the home corner, in the “baby clinic”, at the builders
  • Make up stories as part of their play – on their own and with others


How can parents and carers help?

  • Painting, drawing, colouring just for fun. Do not expect your child to draw or paint anything recognisable at first. The fun is in the creation, not in the end product.
  • Encourage your child to make models using construction items (duplo, stickle bricks etc), but also from old cereal and egg boxes.
  • Encourage your child to play with empty boxes – these are often as much fun as the item that was inside them.
  • Allow your child to develop their imagination. An old sheet over a table or pegged up outside can make a brilliant den and will give hours of fun.
  • Save old saucepans, tins and allow your child to make music. Sing along to nursery rhymes and favourite “chart” songs
  • Develop your child’s imagination. Act out stories; take part in role play with them by playing shops, schools, teddy bear picnics. Try and collect a few dressing-up clothes, old t.shirts, skirts, shoes and scarves have many possibilities.
  • If you are anxious about your child spoiling their clothes dress them in old ones so they can really have lots of fun without being worried.