Early years - Role play teaching resources

Role play is a crucial part of learning that touches on most curriculum areas. It gives children understanding of the world around them through acting out roles of adults that they see in everyday life.

Using resources from this fabulous collection children can practise mark-making by filling out forms at the doctor, practise number recognition by dialling for a take-away and by pricing goods in a shop, learn what jobs people do in a Post Office, book an appointment at the vet and take details from a 999 call. You’ll also find some inspired, creative and detailed planning, fabulous flashcards, photos and topic words covering a variety of popular topics.

Transport and travel

Transport role play resources

  • Bus, train, aeroplane and boat ticket templates to laminate and use in the role-play area.

Airport role play

  • Simple signs and labels for airport role play.

Travel agent activity plan

  • Detailed planning for the role play area.

Role play pictures - travel agents

  • Variety of photos and maps to print off to make a travel agent display.

Role play labels and questions for travel agent

  • Editable labels for use in travel agent role play and questions for the travel agent to ask the customers.

Editable airline ticket

  • Editable airline boarding passes for role play scenarios, enabling you to type your own dates, destinations, passenger names, etc.

Editable rail tickets

  • Editable train tickets for role play scenarios, enabling you to type your own destination, departure dates, etc.

Shops and high street services

Bakery role play

  • A bakery role play kit linked to literacy, with signs, a printable ‘cake book’ and order form.

Bakery signs

  • Photos of goods and prices, plus some signs, for a bakery role play area.

Corner shop role play

  • Signs and posters for role play in a corner shop context.

Hat shop role play

  • A variety of resources, including posters, adverts, customer order form and a design book.

Fabric shop role play

  • Posters for the role play area and a customer order form.

Newsagent role play

  • Includes a plan of the early learning goal areas, shopping lists and signs for a newsagent.

Grocers/ supermarket/ shop role play plan

  • Great ideas for grocers, supermarket or shop role play.

Garden centre role play

  • A set of bright labels with pictures and a seed packet design sheet to encourage writing for a purpose in the role play area.

Flower shop role-play

  • Pictures, sign, order forms, price labels and note paper.

Garage role play resources

  • Posters with services and prices for garage role play.

Fish and chip shop role play

  • Labels, a sign for the shop, a menu and order forms.

Take-away posters

  • ‘Take-away’ posters for role play - children use the simple phone numbers on the telephone in character.

Hairdressers/Builders/Construction site role play resources

  • Words and photos for a selection of topics for role play.

Fruit and veg list

  • Two sheets of produce names to use in a greengrocer role play area, with space for children to add prices.

Café role play

  • A colour menu to use in a role play cafe.

Opticians role play area

  • Posters and an appointment book to use in the role play area.

Hospital and doctors

Hospital / Doctor role play set

  • Resources include room signs, ID badges, prescription pads, patient examination pads and appointment sheets.

Hospital templates for role play

  • Great templates to encourage writing and mark-making in the role play area.

Hospital role play resources

  • Various hospital words to display and use in the role play area.

Hospital role play set

  • Signs, labels, badges and medical record sheets for a hospital role play area.

Role play hospital labels

  • Picture and word labels for hospital role play.

Doctors role play resources

  • An opening times poster, a waiting room sign and some general flashcards.

Doctors role play independent writing resource

  • Forms for use in hospital/doctors role play, to encourage independent writing.


Vets role play resources

  • Vet surgery flashcards, including animal cards, waiting room sign and opening times poster.

Vet role play

  • Posters/signs for displaying in a vets role play area and sheets for children to draw their pets.

Vet topic resources

  • An appointment template, open and closed signs, plus an extensive list of useful books.

Post Office

Post Office role play templates

  • Mark-making/writing templates for the role play area with a Post Office theme.

Post Office planning and resources

  • Planning, lorry tax forms and a Post Office shopping list.

Post Office role play resources

  • A brilliant collection of labels and signs, including shaped/coloured envelopes for sorting and Post Office documents.

Post Office role play

  • Labels and posters with photos and captions.

Post Office role play jobs

  • A list of images and tasks to do with Post Office role play jobs.