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imaginative play

04/11/2019
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How to Ensure Play Supports Classroom Teaching

“Play is one of the most important ways in which young children gain essential knowledge and skills” The Lego Foundation in Support of UNICEF, 2018, Learning Through Play ‘Imaginative Play’ and ‘Pretend Play’ are often referred to in relation to Early Years and the EYFS. But after children take that leap away from nursery and towards Primary School, does play disappear from their education altogether? Of course not! Play has been proven to be crucial for Foundation and KS1 development, helping to develop fundamental skills such as communication, and supporting... Read More

01/11/2018
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The Benefits of Small World Play

“Everything you can imagine is real”–  Pablo Picasso Does small world play benefit children? Small world play refers to imaginative play with ‘small’ toys, encouraging children to use their imaginations and create both everyday and fantasy worlds in familiar surroundings. It involves processes including active learning and imitation, and allows children to communicate knowledge about life and the world around them in a safe, contained environment. Whether it’s acting out a well-known home scene, or fighting a dragon in a fantasy world; small world play enables children to develop socially,... Read More

den play activities and ideas 28/06/2018
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Den Play Activities and Den Building Ideas

“A den is the child’s chance to create a home away from home that is secret, and becomes a manifestation of who they are” – David Sopel Who didn’t build a homemade fort out of bed sheets when they were little? Den building and den play brings a lot of joy and happiness to childhood and engages children for hours with endless role play adventure opportunities! Children just love creating their own little imaginative world and hideaway, where they can make up their own rules, scenarios and language – and... Read More

play kitchen benefits 10/05/2018
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The Benefits of Play Kitchens for Children

Let’s rustle up some deliciously mouth-watering imaginary feasts! Children love playing different roles and scenarios in imaginative play. Play kitchens are a particularly popular resource for pretend play, as it gives children the opportunity to imitate situations that they are familiar with. Whether they are playing the role of a head chef, waiter, kitchen porter or parent at home, play kitchens allow children to imagine themselves in new roles and cook up exciting scenarios. Kitchen role play isn’t just a fun activity for children, it also benefits a child’s development!... Read More

doll play diversity importance 07/02/2018
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The Importance of Doll Play and Diversity

Kids just love to take care of their very own baby! From a very early age, children begin to explore the world around them and imitate actions and behaviours they have seen through pretend play. They start adopting roles of characters they have observed and one way of them doing this is through doll play. Is Doll Play Really That Important? Yes! Playing with dolls is a popular way of young children implementing imaginative play – which is vital for a child’s development. A doll is more than just a toy... Read More

21/04/2016

The Importance of Imaginative Play in Child Development

What is Role Play? Effective role play gives children the opportunity to try out risky ideas in a safe environment. It allows them to explore boundaries, make sense of the world and develop their own identities. Through pretend play, children are learning to understand the basic principles of society and how it functions, and the important rules and routines of everyday life. Imaginative play is vital because it allows children to revisit familiar and unfamiliar events, whilst also supporting the development of their imagination, through real and familiar, to complete... Read More

07/03/2012

Fairtrade from Early Years Resources

As we are currently in Fairtrade Fortnight and there has been a great deal of media coverage about the continued growth of the Fairtrade movement, we thought it would be good to mention that we too offer some fairly-traded products in our range. A number of the fairly-traded products that we include in our range are from a UK company that has been approved by BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops) since 2001 as a fair trade supplier. They source their handmade products directly from Sri Lankan suppliers. These suppliers... Read More