Recently the children have been enjoying using wooden small world figures to create roleplay scenarios. This helps to fuel their creativity and extend their social skills
Roleplay is fabulous for promoting literacy skills and helps to develop language and expand thought patterns.
Over time the children have wanted to use the small world figures to tell their own stories. They have been developing their confidence through acting and performing their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
Roleplay and storytelling help children to explore and experiment through different scenarios, it can break down the walls of reality allowing them to explore something or someone different from themselves and it can also help them to make sense of or celebrate situations that happen in real life.
In the past, some of the children of Cartmill have taken part in Helicopter Stories (in a group setting a child makes up their own story, a teacher scribes it and reads it back to the group and then the child and their peers act it out).
This led to one of the children asking me to write down their story that they had made up with the small world figures – they wanted to share it with their family.
This first story spurred other children on and they have been asking to have their own stories recorded to take home aswell.
We have all enjoyed sharing stories with each other and hope any parents who have had some home have enjoyed them as well.
I can’t wait to see where our children’s imagination takes us next…