We love this game and children can learn such a lot from playing it.
- Selection of books (they don’t have to all be children’s books either, the more diverse the selection the better!)
- if you’ve got a ‘play supermarket til’ then this can work brilliantly as the book scanner– but I’m sure the more imaginative parents out there can fashion a book scanner out of card!
- Library card– we used a pretend debit card from a children’s magazine, but again this could be made quite easily!
- Library Phone- perfect for ‘calling customers’ to remind them to renew their books. My kids loved ‘telling naughty customers off!!’
In addition to the benefits of Imaginative Play children can:
- Learn categories and sorting be asking children to find a book on a certain topic, or to organise the ‘library’ by putting similar books together based on colour, size, topic, fiction/non fiction.
- Support learning of the alphabet and learning to read by organising books into alphabetical order.
- Promotes a love for books! We also found that there were fantastic books on our shelves we hadn’t read for ages.