Role-play scenarios

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

As a subscriber to Nursery Education PLUS, we hope you enjoy these exclusive role-play activities

In the garden

1 The garden

Set up a pretend garden in your role-play area and enjoy the outdoor experience

Creative Development

Developing Imagination and Imaginative Play

Early learning goal: use their imagination in art and design, music, dance, imaginative and role-play and stories.

What to do

Invite the children to help organise a garden or allotment in the role-play area. Use a play house or similar structure to represent a shed to store toy garden tools such as a broom, rake, spade, fork, wheel barrow and lawn mower. Encourage the children to make paper flowers to store in large plastic flower pots, entwine artificial ivy around some trellis and use plastic statues or urns to create the feel of an outdoor environment.

Create a seating area or patio using a child-sized wooden bench, child-safe fold-up chairs or deckchairs and a table. Provide a plastic jug and beakers or a picnic set for imaginary snacks. Suggest that the children make paper birds to hang from the ceiling or clay birds to prop on to the flower pots. Make pretend packets of seeds by decorating envelopes with pictures of fruit, flowers or vegetables and seal small beads inside to represent the seeds.

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