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Hello, Iam new to the forum and have just taken up a post as a reception teacher. I have a very small classroom and want to include a role play/ home corner - It might just have to a small table! Any ideas would be gretly appreciated. :o

 

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Hello, Iam new to the forum and have just taken up a post as a reception teacher. I have a very small classroom and want to include a role play/ home corner - It might just have to a small table! Any ideas would be gretly appreciated. :o

 

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Thanks for your ideas - Do have small world which i will put out on the table and loads of puppets! We don't have free flow to the outside but will all be outside for an hour each afternoon. They willl have sand, water, bikes etc during this time.

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Use the bikes for a role play garage or car wash or pizza delivery

Use the sand for a role play sea side or builders yard

Use water for role play rock pool or Aquarium. ????

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Hi Ask

What about using the table for a post office or shop any thing alone those lines. You could then extend it to outdoor play by being a postman/woman or a delivery person.

Provide some dressing up clothes, then the children can role play around the classroom.

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it's surprising how inventive children can be with the most basic of resources and smallest of areas - I sometimes think the very creative role-play areas we set up for/with them actually stifle their imagination.

 

Using a small table as the basis you could set up a shop - they really only need a til, couple of baskets and few items to buy.

office - space for telephone, notepads etc

doctors - simply place doc's kit, note pad and telephone on table

vets - as docs

 

 

Take any role-play area and decide which are the most essential items to stimulate/facilitate the play and just set these out. The children will let you know if there's anything else they really need.

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We have role play boxes with props and let the children get on with organising things themselves. Our Community Playthings kitchen units have been banished to the back of the garage. It might not look as attractive to an adult but it has much more play/learning value. For some good ideas I recommend

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Book-Prop-B...6121&sr=8-1

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We have role play bags similair to story sacks.They hang on a wheeled trolley thats meant for dressing up clothes and is for outside play for self selection in nursery.

 

We also used these bags in reception last year by just borrowing a bag from nursery's trolley putting on a table or the floor area and leaving the children to it.The play only lasted a session but seemed more worth while somehow.

 

vets-pirates-princess-shop-dogs-cat-doctor-cafe-babies-Goldilocks are some examples

 

If your short of space and don't want a dedicated role area it could be a solution

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Hiya and welcome - I think a trip to Curry's is in order to get one of those large freezer/fridge boxes - they can make it into whatever then - a puppet show, a boat - a good old fashioned free cardboard box always makes for great role play - four make a train with carriages, the freezer ones make good canoes/boats/submarines. Add in a table with props and you already have something going and the boxes are movable can be thrown away or reiinvented itno something else - otherwise two tables together might make a nice den . Good luck

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we had almost aweek's worth of play from a huge cardboard box which our community playthings order came in.the children simply 'hid' in it, then it became a tunnel and they were slithering through it....then it got slightly squashed, so it became an aeroplane, then, when it was squashed a little more, it was a space shuttle..............then we duck-taped it back together and the play started all over again!! And, when it was just too squashed, torn and battered to play with (their choice, not ours!)..we put it outside by our shed and it is now a wildlife habitat, which we gently pull back every now and again, to see what's living underneath.........often, lots of snails,slugs and woodlice, but we have also found a slow worm (HUGE excitement..IT'S A SNAAAAAAAAKE!!! ...so we had a chance to explain about the differences etc)...it's also encouraged us to get the ball rolling to have a big bug day and so we're planning to have either Zoolab, or something similar in this Autumn

 

But, don't forget you have a ceiling too and you can hang drapes etc from that to add to the childrens play!

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lucky enough to have a role play/home corner set up all the time....but as mentioned here already role play doesn't have to stay there. Last term a member of staff brought in a huge box (freezer delivered) this was made into a space ship(Children's idea!) great fun and the areas covered was endless. Outside our climbing frame turned into a 'pirates ship' our playground turned into a road with a zebra crossing, police etc.

Have attached some phots's ( I hope!)

 

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Thanks for all the lovely ideas - Will definately use the role play bag ideas and a trip to curries this weekend is a must. :o What a wonderful site so many ideas and so supportive.

 

Loved the photos xD

 

Thanks again everyone.

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