The small world area enables children to select resources independently and engage in role play based on their first hand experiences such as doll's house, cars, farm. It also encourages the children to use the resources available imaginatively with those that are unfamiliar with them such as castles, rockets and fairy tale equipment. Over time the children will begin to share resources and interact with their peers and introduce a narrative to their play.
Links to EYFS
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
-Confident to talk to other children when playing, and will communicate freely about own home and community.
- Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.
- Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas, e.g building up a role-play activity with other children.
Communication and Language
- Use talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relieve past experiences.
- Use talk in pretending that objects stand for something else in play, e.g. 'This box is my castle.'
- Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.
- Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.
- Uses some number names and number language spontaneously.
- Uses some number names accurately in play.
Understanding of the World
- Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.
- Show interest in different occupations and ways of life.
- Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world, such as the place where they live or the natural world.
Expressive Arts and Design
- Notice what adults do, imitating what is observed and then doing it spontaneously when the adult is not there.
- Engage in imaginative role play based on own first-hand experiences.
- Build stories around toys, e.g. farm animals needing rescue from an armchair 'cliff'
- Use available resources to create props to support role play.