Pretend the baby was in the cupboard

Five year old's Orson, Max and Luke are playing with Duplo lego in the school yard. They've already build some structures that includes their home. A pretend scenario develops.

Good for looking at

  • Pretend play
  • Socialising
  • Emotional development
  • Object play
  • Creating narratives
  • Language
  • Communication
 

Five year old’s Orson, Max and Luke are playing with Duplo lego in the school yard. They’ve already build some structures that includes their home. A pretend scenario develops.

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
  • What is valuable about the materials provided?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • What areas of learning and development were covered in this play?
  • Was there a leader of this play?
  • Did the children have a joint aim?
  • Did they communicate effectively with each other?
  • What effect did the resources provided have on this play?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support the children’s play? Would you interact at any point if they are playing happily?

What next:

  • Could you provide materials like this to support children’s imaginations and story telling? What other kind of resources do you think would be good to encourage this kind of play?
00:01
In outer space!
00:05
Wow, I jumped, ha!
00:07
Where?
00:08
A million higher than I can.
00:12
Look how high I can jump.
00:14
Way higher than I can on Earth. Whee!
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Language and listening to others is essential.
00:21
As the children have to become tuned
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into each other's ideas.
00:24
So that between them, they can build up a story.
00:34
Dawson, pretend you needed to look after my child.
00:40
Yeah, I wanted to look after him.
00:43
Yeah, because I was at a wedding.
00:45
Yeah, so I looked after him.
00:48
They have to empathise with their characters
00:51
and be sensitive to each other.
00:52
Yeah.
00:54
I'm back from the wedding!
00:54
We were fixing it!
00:56
I'm back from the wedding! Can I have him back now?
00:58
Nope, no, just
01:00
pretend that I was
01:03
keeping your son
01:05
very, very careful and that
01:09
I took him out of the
01:10
cupboard when he was saying "Oh" because I thought he...
01:16
No but you're supposed to babysit.
01:17
You don't want the baby saying,
01:28
I can't hear him
01:29
because I've got my headphones on.
01:33
Wake up.
01:38
Wake up! [Unintelligible]
01:43
Wake up!
01:46
Is he in the cupboard, crying?
01:49
Yes.
01:51
Oh. That's what he wanted.
01:58
[Overlapping Speech.]
01:60
I'm back for him.
02:01
I'm just gonna give him tea first.
02:03
Okay. No off it, he needs tea at my house.
02:07
He's just ate tea.
02:09
No, no he didn't, pretend he didn't eat it, because-
02:12
No, pretend I already give him just a little bisnick.
02:17
No, no, just a fish finger.
02:20
Yeah, I gave him one little fish finger sandwich.
02:27
[Unintelligible] 'Cause I...
02:31
Did I cut a joke after you?
02:34
Yeah. And I was going out for the racing.
02:41
Whee! I won! Yay, I won, I won!