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By Jean EvansEarly Years consultant and author

Keep moving with imaginative role play while developing essential gross motor skills

Boy on tricycle

Activities in this article:

  1. Emergency, emergency
  2. By the sea
  3. Action stations

1. Emergency, emergency

Create exciting outdoor role-play scenarios by converting existing equipment into emergency vehicles

Understanding of the World

The World

Development matters: Are curious about the environment (16–26 months); Show an interest in the world in which they live (30–50 months).

Early learning goal: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects and living things. They talk abut the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

Group size: Small groups.

What you need

Outdoor vehicles, such as cars, pull-along trucks, bicycles; reclaimed materials to transform vehicles, such as blue plastic or red fabric; role-play uniforms and resources for emergency services; telephones; chalk; road signs (toy replicas or copy and laminate the signs on this issue’s A2 ‘Road signs’ Poster or our online exclusive individual Road sign cards ).

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