The bakers

Three year old Seb is at his playgroup. He is at the sandpit and has started a game of bakers with some hollow blocks. Other quickly join in and a game develops.

Good for looking at

  • Pretend play
  • Object play
  • Cooperative play
  • Socialising
  • Emotional development
  • Communicating
  • Language
  • Co-operation
  • Avoiding conflict

 

Three year old Seb is at his playgroup. He is at the sandpit and has started a game of bakers with some hollow blocks. Other quickly join in and a game develops.

Notice

  • How Seb communicates during his play (look out for body language and non-verbal)
  • How is Seb learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • The dynamics of the group while engaging in free play
  • How do the environment and materials support the children’s learning?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • The areas of learning and development that were covered through his play activity?
  • What was the adults role? Even though they weren’t involved, what have they done to support this play?
  • The importance of the environment and the materials?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • How could you support Seb’s leadership skills?
  • How could you support the older girl’s leadership skills?

What next:

  • Could you suggest a way of encouraging this kind of role play in your own setting?