Ioan had a vision for his costume, so I just stepped back and let him take the lead. He had so much fun with the whole process, but the first step was to paint his t-shirt orange.


  • T-shirt
  • Orange paint
  • Rollers
  • Spatulas
  • Paint brushes
  • Bath puff


He set up this tray because he thought I’d want a ‘before’ picture.

Ioan started off with the rollers and printing with the bath puff.

His concentrating face.

He giggled a lot at the rude noises the paint was making as he squirted it out.

Ioan experimented with different tools and techniques.

He smiled and sang as he worked.

Then eventually got stuck in with his hands. His face says it all. He definitely enjoyed the process.

He then left his t-shirt to dry and got started drawing, cutting and sewing the felt.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 16 – Exploring and using media and materials:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.