Role Play At Home
During this time, when our children are at home, there are many hours of the day to fill with activities to keep them entertained. At the same time, you may be working and trying to keep the house in order. It’s such a juggling act.
Our team at Pop Up Play Village are in exactly the same boat and so decided to share the activities we’re doing with our children to keep them occupied and learning at home. We’ve been teaching through role play for some time, now not only at our play sessions but also in Early Years settings and schools. It’s one of the best ways for children to learn. It comes naturally to them and is great fun too – and the best bit, they don’t even realise they’re doing it!
Our role play activity ideas are easy to do at home. We’ve designed them using everyday things you’ll probably have around the house and you can easily substitute one thing for another.
First suggest an idea to your child, then let them take the lead in creating the role play area. You may want them to design a vets practice, a toy shop – or even a classroom. By letting your child take charge you’re enabling them to be creative, imaginative and inventive and teaching them great life skills.
Once your child is engaged in their play you can bring in areas of learning. Perhaps they can write down the animals coming to see the vet today. Or add up how many dogs are sick. Maybe you could write a shopping list, or price up all the toys in the shop. You’ll probably find that your child does this naturally, without even realising it. They just think they are playing.
This way of homeschooling is not only great for the children, it is also easier for parents trying to teach several different aged children at the same time. You just need to use questioning to direct their learning to what each child needs to learn. Your pre-schooler could count, whilst your older child engages in some addition or subtraction.
All our role play activities are suitable for toddlers to children in Year 2. To see what you could be doing at home, visit our Facebook page where our free activities are posted daily at 7pm:
Outdoor Explorers At Home
Of course, many of our homeschooling ideas can be done outside, but as we’re also experts in delivering Outdoor Explorers sessions we thought we’d share some of our Outdoor Explorers activities too. If you are lucky to have an outdoor space to play in, these are lots of fun. New ideas are posted here every few days at 7pm…
Hire of Role Play Mini Kits
We have a new service where you can hire one or several of our role play mini kits at home, a great way to entertain and educate your children. Each mini kit comes with ideas to use with each play area to support home schooling. A great way to develop your child’s reading, writing and mathematics skills in a fun way supporting the EYFS and KS1 curriculum. To find out more about the different mini kits we have to offer, click on the link below.