Let's play Indians
Learning through play is now widely recognised by practitioners as an essential method of learning and development for young children, and a number of theorists and researchers have identified the values of pretend or imaginative play as a vital contributor to the normal development of a child.
At any Early Years setting and across Primary Schools, you will see children enjoying imaginative play; perhaps zooming a piece of paper around the room as if it were a racing car or a flying aeroplane, or playing the part of a firefighter in their engine, a shopkeeper, a parent, a dentist or an Indian Chief and tribe. Children use objects to represent something else, or assign themselves and others roles and then act them out. It may seem very simple, but in pushing back the barriers of reality these children are learning and developing many different and important life skills. This pretend play, which allows different perspectives to be taken, and during which ideas and emotions are moulded and rearranged, is a major feature of a child’s social and cognitive development.
We have used common objects like cardboard rolls and sticks added some resources and created an example of Make believe that every child will enjoy being part of.
Make an Indian Headdress and a Campfire
What you will need :
To Make the Headdress:
To make the Fire
- Cardboard Rolls
- A 25cm diameter round piece of cardboard
- Sticks and Twigs
- Crepe paper