When I was a little girl, like many of my classmates, I wanted to be a teacher.
This week we asked the children to think about what they want to be when they grow up. To foster their ambitions and spark their imagination we provided a variety of different role-play and job experiences.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
We encouraged the children to dress up. Here we have a builder .....
..... and a naval officer.
A local policeman visited with the gigantic police van.
Some children got to try on his extremely heavy stab proof vest (and practise arresting each other with real police hand-cuffs).
A fashion designer visited us shared some of her designs and helped the children sew these super cute miniature bunting flags.
Using the needle was not easy work and was great fine-motor practise.
A community nurse came to see us and shared about her job looking after people who can't make it to the doctors office. She helped the children make badges, just like what a real nurse wears.
Aspiring builders were busy at the construction table....
..... office workers practiced addressing and mailing letters.....
..... we also had several paleontologists digging for fossils, chefs cooking in the play-house kitchen, vets nursing sick toy animals, teachers teaching, and artists painting.
It certainly was a very busy Discovery session.
We love role-play for Discovery:
Role play – being able to become someone or something else comes quite naturally to most children from an early age. It is a vital activity for children, stimulating their imagination and enhancing their social development – encouraging friendship through cooperation, listening and turn taking. It can improve their language and movement skills and can help them to understand different points of view, go into the future or the past, and travel anywhere in the world and beyond. Through role play we can explore moral issues and problems safely.