Imaginative Play has so many benefits (click here to read all about it) and is also great fun!
One of our favourites is a Teddy Bear Picnic. The easiest imaginative play to set up- just get a blanket, teddies and some bowls/plates and watch the kids become absorbed in the world of teddies and tea!
What can children learn from this activity?
- Communication and language skills: this activity gets children talking and communicating-offering food to each teddy, acting out the teddies reactions to the food and getting the teddies to ‘chat’ to each other.
- Manners: by reminding children to make sure the teddies say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ the importance of being polite can be promoted easily.
- Turn taking: each teddy taking its turn to ‘eat’ the food helps children to understand why we have to share and take turns. We find it fun to include a ‘naughty’ teddy that doesn’t wait its turn- and see how the other toys react!
If you wanted to make it more of a sensory play Activity and practise those pouring skills, why not use sequins and water as the ‘tea’