Old MacDonald’s farm
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Create free-flow indoor and outdoor farm role-play opportunities
Transform your indoor home area into a cosy farmhouse kitchen for Old MacDonald.
Create an open fireplace on one wall using brightly-coloured paper, and put some comfortable chairs at either side. Introduce soft toy dogs and cats and hang pictures of farmyard scenes on the walls. Place farmhouse cookery books in the area.
Develop the outdoor area to include fenced areas with gates and animal shelters so that the children can pretend to be animals, or care for soft toy animals.
Encourage free-flow play as much as possible so that the children can get dressed to go outside and work on the farm, then return indoors to eat, relax and sleep.
Be ready to introduce new resources that the children suggest, for example, they may decide to call for the vet. Involve parents by asking them to supply suitable items to develop the children’s farm-play scenarios.
Initially, interact with the children to encourage full use of both the indoor and outdoor scenarios, and join them at intervals to support the direction of their play.
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Published 9 June 2008
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