With the end of the school term and some recent developments with kealans imaginatory play I decided to steer my efforts in a new direction. Instead of our monthly play date I decided to turn our playroom into a role play area. Kealan is really starting to play and has become very creative with his ideas. Unfortunately I find shooting an imaginary gun and transforming into a rescue bot about as much fun as a trip to the dentist. Hence, imaginary play with a bit more structure…
A pet shop complete with food for each animal (different shapes of dog biscuits, Cheerios, cut up tissue paper for fish food and bird seed). I was to spend the next ten days picking this food up off the floor – it was played with a lot! Collars, leads, sticks, bowls, toys and brushes.
Kealan enjoyed making the pet pictures from our Melissa and Doug shape set and for the first time he seemed to know enough of his letters to work on the alphabet matching. This week he seems to know – e, g, k, m, o, p, q, s, v, w and z. He knows about two thirds of the letter sounds. Elyse knows about the same.
I feel the role play was a success for my two. It didn’t work quite as well as I’d hoped when friends came round to play but it maybe requires a bit too much direction to be a group activity. I will open bear world next week and see how that one goes.