Have you ever started a role play area.. spent ages making it look all pretty, filled it with resources and predicted how children will love and use it?? But then when the children come along they just trash it, use the resources in different ways or they may not even take any notice of it at all!
Let’s enhance creativity …
Looking back at my talk with Gregg Bottrill last year, he stated how children are creative. They have their own adventures in life.. just like us, they want to go on their own adventure – not ours!
It’s hard to let go of having all of the control of the provision if you are so used to creating pretty role play areas, but actually the moment you do, you will create an amazing opportunity!
My class have engaged in role play through the use of cardboard boxes, pillow case role play outfits and fabric pens.
Watching the children create their own adventures has been amazing! They’ve worked together to create a police station, a train and a television. They’ve gone on their own amazing adventures and used skills linked to DT, Art, English and Maths.
Next half term I am enhancing this area with more open ended play resources. I will take lots of pictures of how it works as it progresses! It’s definitely worth a try. Ditch the plastic and the pretty work you’ve put in yourself, and create an open ended play experience.
After all creativity is a key skill in today’s society and an essential skill for most jobs too!