Expressive Arts and Design
14 June 2016Add to My Folder
I have found the following activities to be good ways of encouraging imaginative play – all tried and tested and all designed to cover the ‘A Unique Child’ aspect of ‘Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative’.
- Paint splat aliens
- Salad-spinner monsters
- Make a fairy garden
- Create a role-play vets surgery
- Music for imagination
- Make a playdough bakery
Paint splat aliens
Let imaginations run wild – anything goes with these spiky creatures.
You will need:
- Liquid paint in squirty bottles – nice and watery
- Drinking straws
- Googly eyes
- Felt tipped pens
- Glitter, sequins etc. (optional)
- Squirt a small blob of paint onto your paper (try using two or more colours if you want to extend the activity) and use a drinking straw to blow the paint into an interesting shape. Pour any excess water away and leave to dry.
- Turn your blobs into imaginative space creatures by adding extra bits and pieces like googly eyes, sequins and glitter or drawing on mouths, antennae etc.
- Show children how aspects of the pattern lend themselves to interesting features. For example, we made a bowler hat from a little blob on one alien and red spiky hair from a red patch on another.
- For a really eye-catching effect, cut the aliens out and mount them on coloured card.
Children always love to use some form of contraption during a craft project, and this salad-spinner monster activity is a great way of bringing something a bit different into a craft session. You can usually pick salad spinners up for very little expense, and of course, you can use them over and over again.
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