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In the den

Seb, almost four and his friend Chelsea, four years, are playing in the garden in a den they have built. They develop a pretend narrative questioning each other about the possibilities and how people work.

Good for looking at

  • COEL – Playing and exploring, Creating and thinking critically
  • Pretend play
  • Socialising
  • Communicating
  • Emotional well-being
  • Friendship
  • Dens
  • Understanding the world
  • Outdoors

 

Seb, almost four and his friend Chelsea, four years, are playing in the garden in a den they have built. They quickly develop a pretend narrative.

Notice

  •  What are the children are interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How are the children learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • How does the environment support the children’s learning?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • What the children were interested in?
  • The importance of the environment and the materials? How important is the den?
  • Their emotional development?
  • The communication skills involved?
  • The importance of the friendship?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Extend the children’s interest in how the body works?
  • Support the children’s well-being through play?

What next:

  • Could you provide time and space for children to spend time to themselves or in small groups?
  • Could you suggest a way of encouraging this kind of role play in your own setting?