Early Years Resources® stocks a vast array of imaginative play equipment, imaginative play toys and imaginative play teaching resources for toddler and young children. Our selection of imaginative play toys and teaching resources is suitable for play at home at in school environments such as nurseries, primary schools, after school clubs and daycare centres. Imaginative play, pretend play or creative play encompasses every strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (KS1) curriculum, as it enables children to express themselves and explore feelings through play.
Curiosity drives children’s play and learning, and imaginative play fosters and builds creative thinking skills. Through imaginative play children learn about the world around them. Children are not restricted by adult boundaries and are really inventive; a simple piece of fabric can become a den, butterfly wings, a royal cloak or something to swirl and twirl and dance in the breeze. Open ended children’s imaginative play resources are essential for imaginative, creative and heuristic play as it allows children to create props and role play scenarios whilst experiencing endless learning opportunities. Pretend play encourages social skills, personal skills and emotional development in children such as cooperation, creative expression and feeling. Pretend play also improves physical development such as fine motor skills through manipulating imaginative play toys, coordination and spacial awareness. Creative and dramatic play encourages language development, knowledge of the world, numeracy, literacy and an early introduction to science and technology.
Our extensive selection of children’s imaginative play toys will provide everything you need to excite and encourage children to experience creative and imaginative play. Excite young children's curiosity with our fantastic range of dressing up outfits and role play accessories. Brighten up your home corner with our fantastic furniture and kitchen collections and create a realistic shopping environment with our realistic range of play food, tills, market stalls, role play panels and pop ups. Enjoy endless hours of pretend play, whatever the weather, with our extensive selection of playhouses, whilst our wide selection of play panels can be used in many different configurations to create separate home corners, make room dividers or as display boards.
Create the perfect stage for storytelling favourites such as: Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, Billy Goats Gruff, Cinderella and Nursery Rhyme favourites with our extensive range of hand puppets, finger puppets and puppet theatres. We have also included a selection of animal puppets, people puppets, with different ethnicities and occupations, and puppets to support Personal, Social and Emotional development.
All young children will use small world people, animals, cars and trains to create miniature worlds or small world environments where they can replay family events, act out familiar stories or make up new situations. At Early Years Resources we have sourced an extensive and inspiring range of miniature world people, miniature world animals, miniature world environments and miniature world transport scenarios and we feature the entire collection in our range of children’s imaginative play teaching resources.
More specific collection within our range of children’s pretend play resources, include a wide variety of children’s role play resources. In addition to this, we also have an extensive selection of children’s play houses, structures and settings which can also accentuate the level of learning and then whole imaginative play experience.