Role play is one of our fun activities for Early Years.
Kids love playing let's pretend.
Choose a theme that your children are interested in.
Help them make stuff they can use when acting out the scene.
Enrich their experience by asking lots of questions – "Do big cars pay more to park?".
We used card from an old delivery box, kitchen roll tube and masking tape. Dig around in your recycling for other materials.
Top tip: change the transport
Change the car park into a bus station, train station, lorry depot, airport or even stables for horses or unicorns.
Go where ever your child's imagination takes you.
Take your transport theme outside into the big wide world.
Play spot the number plate. Look for numbers or letters they recognise, or car model badges.
Spot different types of vehicles, colours or makes of cars.
You could even record your findings on a note pad.
See if your child is interested in playing any of these different themes.
Listen out for subjects they are interested in. Eg, they might ask where you go to get a new house.
Then add them to your own list of themes.
Make props out of packaging that you'd normally recycle or throw away.
Cereal boxes, delivery boxes, plastic food trays and tin foil are all great for making stuff.
You can also use real props for some themes:
Most importantly, have fun and enjoy being creative.
Personal, social and emotional development: taking turns; gaining confidence in different roles; developing independence; and expressing preferences.
Communication and language: learning new words; developing speaking, listening and understanding skills; engaging in conversation.
Physical development: developing fine motor skills (using tape, scissors, crayons).
Literacy: making and assigning meaning to marks they make as they create props; reading by recognising print.
Mathematics: recognising numbers and counting; using everyday language related to money (cost, change, price); using positional language (next to, behind, on top) when using props.
Expressive arts and design: developing imagination; taking on different roles
Understanding of the world: learning how things work in the world through different role plays.