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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Have fun acting out familiar scenarios in your role-play home

Home corner role play

Playing house

Turn the role-play area into a ‘home setting’. Include a kitchenette with commercial or child-made appliances such as a cooker, microwave, refrigerator and sink. Provide toy utensils such as plates, cups and spoons. Set up a low-level table and chairs and provide decorative items such as tablecloths, plastic vases and pretend flowers. Use a bookcase or shelf for the children to store cookery books, family photo frames and household ‘knick-knacks’ such as keys, pens and pretend bills. Hang framed pictures or the children’s paintings on the walls.

Encourage the children to take turns to act out the role of different characters within a home such as mum, dad, brothers and sisters. Make sure that all the children are included and be sensitive to the needs and experiences of individuals who may not live with their birth parents.

1 House party

Prepare a party in the role-play home setting

Communication, Language and Literacy

Handwriting

Development matters: use one-handed tools and equipment (30-50 months); begin to form recognisable letters (40-60 months).

Early learning goal: use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Home setting role-play area; brightly coloured paper; child scissors; glue; glue sticks; long strips of plain paper; thick felt-tipped pens; plain white folded card; coloured pencils.

What to do

Talk about different types of parties that the children have enjoyed at home with their families. Ask them to recall any special memories, for example, colourful decorations displayed around the house; party food; gifts and cards; music and songs; and games.

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