• Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.”
All seven areas of learning and development are interlinked; planning an activity to support one area will overlap into some of the other areas. A simple activity such as a jigsaw puzzle can support communication and language, listening to instructions, describing, naming things in the picture; physical development, developing hand / eye co-ordination and fine motor skills by manoeuvring pieces into position; PSED, develop confidence in their own achievements; mathematics, developing problem solving skills.
If one area is neglected this is likely to cause problems in other areas later. For example if personal social and emotional development were not well supported children may find it hard to concentrate, play with others and