Expressive arts and design

Access resources, activity ideas and advice for teaching expressive arts and design to early years children.

Early years expressive arts and design resources

Resources are split into 3 areas based on the educational programmes:

Imagination and creativity


Communicating through arts

These resources will help you when reviewing your current curriculum to make sure you are meeting the requirement of the revised expressive arts and design area of learning.

As you make changes to your curriculum consider what you want children to learn first and plan opportunities for them to achieve this.

What the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework says about expressive arts and design

The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity.

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It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.

The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts.

The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.