Expressive Arts and Design Ideas

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By Karen Hart

I have found the following activities to be good ways of encouraging imaginative play – all tried and tested and all designed to cover the ‘Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative’ early learning goal.

Fairy garden


  1. Make a fairy garden
  2. Paint splat aliens
  3. Salad-spinner monsters
  4. Music for imagination
  5. Make a playdough bakery

Make a fairy garden

A great activity for encouraging imagination. If you don’t have access to a suitable open space, you can make the garden in a container and keep it indoors; both work well.

You will need:
  • Small boxes and craft bits and pieces
  • A few small bedding plants
  • Pebbles
  • Container and soil if making indoors
  • Small accessories such as: miniature bird house and a little dish to use as a pond.
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