Imaginative play not only promotes the children’s intellectual development but also improves children’s social skills and their creativity. In addition it gives children a chance to play out events that they have observed or experienced in real life.
Each half-term we ask the children to come up with ideas of their own as to what they think we should have in the role-play corner. So far in the Nursery classes, role-play corners have included: a school, bear cave, Christmas grotto, Chinese restaurant, fire station and veterinary surgery.
It is perfectly possible for children to explore role-play in places they are very unlikely to visit, such as, the moon or under the sea and they could meet characters that they are very unlikely to meet such as a dragon or a princess.
By Jonathan Dove