The sequences illustrate how this initially very simple play, becomes increasingly complex, as children begin to develop pretend games with their peers – eventually leading to complex socio-dramatic play with older children up to age 7.
Each sequence is preceded by a brief introduction to help you understand the different developmental stages. Observing separate sequences gives the opportunity to really analyse how and why children are entering into this world and what they are gaining from it. As you observe the complex nature of pretend play within this age group, you will be inspired to provide unique ways to support each child to reach their full potential through their play.
The supporting notes, serve as a vital reference for all chapters covered. An introductory description, suggested topics of special interest, a transcript of the language used and potential discussion points are provided for each sequence. There is also a list of suggested further reading.