Expressive arts and design: Flights of fancy

Written by: Karen Hart, teacher and education writer, London
1 November 2018

Karen Hart suggests ways to turn old carboard boxes and paper and card into simple models and artworks which will encourage children to explore ideas to do with flight and weightlessness, developing vocabulary along the way.

Artworks are a good springboard to talk about animal characteristics and habitats
Artworks are a good springboard to talk about animal characteristics and habitats

This theme is focused on Expressive Arts and Design

Make a cardboard-box aeroplane
This was an absolute favourite with children in a pre-school I recently visited and is not such a delicate item as you might think, if you use a sturdy box. The pre-school had used a large, strong box from a DIY purchase, which had been subjected to some serious playing for a couple of weeks – and although a bit squashed and shabby, was still going strong.

Playing and exploring

  • Children have a go at developing 3D model building skills.
  • They enjoy imaginative story-building play.
  • They adapt and customise as part of free-flow play.

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