Harry and Denise, both four, were playing Daddy and Mummy outdoors. They made stick “children”, and then Denise said, “Let’s make a banquet for our children!” Harry replied, “Banquet! What’s a banquet?” Denise explained, and they laid leaves on a stump as plates. Then they dished out seeds and flowers to represent various foods. They were busy for about 45 minutes, talking all the time.
Many areas of learning were served in this one activity. The teacher witnessed shared sustained thinking. She saw how Denise and Harry learned from one another and used their imaginations in original creative ways. Their play showed initiative and advanced social skills of planning, co-operation and communication.
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