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Making some dinner

A 20 month old child is playing in the nursery garden. There are a selection of pots and pans and he uses a small baking tray to collect some grass. He pretends this is food and gives some to his friend. The practitioner encourages his pretence.

Good for looking at

  • Early pretend play
  • Imaginary play
  • Learning outdoors
  • Socialising


  • What cues can you see that show what the child is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How the child is learning?
  • Which areas of play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the child’s learning?
  • How does the outdoor environment support the child’s learning?