Role play

little girl playing at the Mud kitchen

New for 2019: Outlast mud kitchens and Arbour!

In most settings, the home corner is a popular and firmly entrenched establishment. This spring take your cooking outdoors again, where natural materials, dirt and water are the perfect ingredients for hours of creative play and scientific discovery. And then escape the hustle and bustle to relax, read, or role play in a welcoming, protected den.


Watch our new Outlast mud kitchens and Arbour in action at Annan The Froebel School in East Sussex. Everything comes with our standard 10-year-warranty and free 2-week delivery.

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block play

Bring back the blocks!

For many young children, hands-on, sensory experiences with three-dimensional objects have been replaced by two-dimensional screens and worksheets. This is detrimental to their learning.


With all the evidence linking good spatial skills with future achievement in all STEM areas, we must find a way to bring back the blocks. “I am more convinced than ever that blocks are one of the most essential materials for the early childhood classroom,” writes Rosanne Regan Hansel. Read more.

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little girl doing role play under an Outlast table with flowie outdoors

Making sense of the world through role play

“The very existence of youth is due in part to the necessity for play; the animal does not play because it is young, it has a period of youth because it must play.” – Karl Groos, German biologist 1861-1946


Because children, like baby animals, learn best through play, it is in our best interest to create enabling environments which will ensure that their play naturally fulfils the EYFS learning and development requirements. Here's how role play can incorporate all seven areas of learning and development.

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Posting in Play Collection

Where do your children post things?

One of my earliest recollections of nursery is lying on my tum peering through the slatted patio floor at the interesting things people had dropped through the cracks and wishing I could reach them! Anyone working with young children knows how they collect and transport small objects and find handy cracks or holes to drop them through. There is magic in making things disappear. When something goes missing, isn’t your first step to check the favourite posting places?

Our design team wanted a wide age range to enjoy our new Play Collection role play furniture. As well as enabling the role play and puppetry that three- to five-year-olds love, the team had fun imagining how two-year-olds might engage with each piece. The team leader took prototypes home to observe how his family would use them. While his older children engaged in role play, the youngest was happy turning knobs and opening and closing doors! What was the biggest hit for his two-year-old? The holes in the side of each unit to post things into!

A mum like my mum

A mum like my mum

Being a mother is surely the most creative, most challenging, most rewarding task on earth. It includes the total range of joy and pain. And even when things are most difficult, there’s this strong sense that “this is what I signed up for!”

I’m often amazed at the motherliness of even the littlest girls. One day my nursery children were discussing their life ambitions. A three-year-old said quietly, “I want to be a mummy like my mummy!” She is now. The wonderful thing is that all little girls can grow up to be mothers. Even those not blessed with their own children can find fulfilment mothering others – and the creative cycle repeats.

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