Children’s toys can be very expensive and there’s often little choice if you’re trying to avoid an avalanche of plastic. Explore easy ways to make toys and props to enhance children’s pretend play in these two short videos created by drama facilitator Joanna Parkes. The toys are themed around cooking and the kitchen as well as the outdoors and gardening.
Join Joanna to discover that with a bit of time and effort, you can quite easily make simple props such as pretend pizza, salt dough biscuits, and felt flowers. These toys will last a long time and give the children in your care hours of imaginative fun.
The videos are aimed at parents and Early Years Practitioners who would like to get a little messy and have some fun themselves while making simple toys and props for children’s make-believe play.
Joanna has also created two stories that you can download and use to set the scene for lots of imaginative play. Use these stories as a starting point to join in the play or let the children set up their play space and get creative on their own.
Packs with a selection of materials will be sent directly to community and resource organisations in dlr to share with parents/carers in the county.
Joanna’s videos will be available to view from 9am on Cruinniú Day, June 12th, on the dlr YouTube channel.
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