This is a very popular area. The children respond well to ‘Story of the week’ and often act out or retell the story. It is also a quiet area and where children can just sit and look at a book. The children's pre-reading skills start in this area as they learn to hold a book correctly, turn the pages and even begin to recognise letters.
Fine Sand, Flour and Gloop
As well as having fun playing, children can develop good mark making skills from these activities. Drawing circles, lines and sometimes even letters. Often children when young don’t want to come to the mark making table but will happily join in with these activities.
Whether it's the farm, space, knights, animal kingdom, safari or dinosaurs, the children love these activities and it is great for imaginary play, communication and language and interacting with their friends.
These are great activities to really get them problem solving. It is also a great sense of achievement when they start to make things that are recognisable.
Children’s biggest role models are their parents and carers and so there is always a ‘home corner’ set up. We also regularly set up other role play areas including a shop, doctors, vets and café. These are very popular with the children and help in developing their social skills. There is also plenty of opportunity for mark making here with shopping lists, menus, tickets doctors charts etc.
The children love exploring all the natural resources such as pine cones, shells, pebbles etc. There are magnifying glasses for getting up close to things and we include topics such as growth and life cycles. This links in nicely with the nature walks.