Category Archives: Expressive Arts

Messy Play!

The children have been very busy this week in the toddler room. The children  have enjoyed painting through using their hands and feet.

The children used different colours of paint and compared hand sizes with Jade! Rose said “Jade’s hand is bigger.”

The children worked as a team to decorate the old curtains and put their great art work up in our garden.As you can see it was so much fun!

The bear and the piano

The children have been enjoying the book “the Bear and the Piano. “The children have been busy performing like the bear in the story book. The other children have been their audience and have been praising their performance.

The children have been retelling the story with help from flash cards with visuals from key parts within the story. Some children decided to illustrate their stories too and created some lovely drawings.


Halloween is coming…

The children have been participating in lots of fun experiences today inspired by Halloween.

These are ghost pictures created using paint and a pear.  Spooky!

The children also drew images related to the character they were dressed up as today – pumpkin, Belle, witch, to name but a few.

Others were busy making broomsticks for the witches to fly around on.

More fun tomorrow!  And remember it’s dressing up all week if you want to.

The Three Little Pigs

This week Kaile asked for puppets in the drama area to do “the piggies and a big bad wolf”.

The children listened to the story throughout the first day to familiarise themselves with it. We spoke about the characters being in a book and the children recalled the characters in the Three Little Pigs and drew images of them.

Today the children gathered the props to act out the story. This enabled the children to explore how they can use their voices and express themselves through drama.

Pippa told us that they used bricks “cos he can blow both the others down but can’t do the bricks”

The children transferred their learning into the block area and built houses for the pigs.


Friendship Tree

The children while speaking with Jo decided to create a beautiful friendship tree. The children used paints and brushes to paint their hands and then make a print on the paper.

Grace said that the tree was beautiful and she liked all the colours, especially red because her handprint was red.

Georgia talked about how the paint tickles her hands and Jacob shares that the paint felt soft.

Georgia wrote “friendship tree” so that everyone knew what the painting was about.



Today a lovely bunch of flowers were handed in so that the ladies and children could enjoy their beauty.

The children suggested that they draw a picture of the lovely flowers. They discussed the colour and the different shapes of the petals, the scent of the flowers and the various sizes of the flower heads.

The children created some fantastic drawings.

Lewis mentioned the rose; he thought it was really nice.


Transient Art

Jack said “I’m doing  a matching picture”


Kaile said “I’m doing a brother”




Freya said “Clare, I’m going to make my picture and get paper to copy it”


“look, these are matching”

Ellie said “I’m making Mummy, I need a nose”




The  children used a variety of materials in the numeracy area to create an image. this provided an opportunity to explore size and amount as well as the use of mathematical language.

Once their image was completed, the children were able to use their sorting skills to put the materials back in the little trays.

The “Musical Bear” visits Cart Mill

Arran chose to dress up as Elsa this morning. Sophie decided she would be Anna and that they should play musical instruments and sing “Let it Go”.

They both used the stage to perform the song. Sharing and turntaking skills were developed as they shared the musical instruments.

Afterwards, the “Musical Bear” joined us to play a game  which will help us learn and remember the name of the musical instruments. The children were able to join in as the game went along and they learned the tune and words.

The Musical Bear promised to come back to Cart Mill Family Centre. See you soon Bear!


A Puppet Show – Jack and The Beanstalk

This amazing Puppet Show experience took place last week, however we have been so busy I am only now managing to add it to the blog. The children decided that they wanted to do Jack and the Beanstalk. As you can see, they were extremely animated when it came to playing their parts.


All of the props and character puppets were made by the children, so it was a real child led experience developing confidence and self expression.