9 resources to revitalise your role-play area

Freya Smith
23rd October 2015
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Make the most of your role-play area with this selection of colourful display packs and engaging activities.

Learning through play is crucial to children’s cognitive development. It enables young learners to create stories; to interact and build relationships through verbal and non-verbal communication; and to practise empathy by assuming a variety of roles and responsibilities. And let’s not forget, it also happens to be great fun! We’ve cherry-picked the following resources to help you establish a flourishing role-play area in your early years classroom.

As a teacher, you can help students to get the most out of dramatic play by ensuring that you create a stimulating and inviting role-play corner in your classroom. This continuous provision plan offers a selection of activities to keep pupils engaged, while these idea cards provide a wealth of setting and prop suggestions for mini-dramas. You might consider taking your students outside to explore natural habitats and spaces, prompting new role-play ideas through a change of scenery.

If the thought of venturing out into the autumn air leaves you cold, we have a variety of indoor displays and themes with which you can transform your role-play corner on a regular basis. Reach for the stars and take pupils on a trip to distant planets with these outer space themed role-play signs. Prompt learners to help others by taking on the role of doctors or vets, with this animal-themed display. Use this extensive retail-themed role-play pack (£1) - which includes a gym, a shoe shop and two restaurants - to inspire students to think about their local areas. Finally, why not offer your class the opportunity to direct and produce a drama by putting on a puppet show, complete with tickets, start time displays and promotional posters.

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