Campfire Pretend Play

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Setting up a camping experience for the children along with a pretend campfire is a fun way to engage them in dramatic play. A lot of children will have experienced camping or at least been around a campfire, they will be able to share their stories and their knowledge with others while using their imagination to create roles and a storyline to be a part of their play.

Dramatic play has incredible benefits for children. It allows them to create their own rules thus working on their self-regulation. It encourages collaborative play, negotiating and conflict resolution. Dramatic play also helps to develop their language skills and you will find that there are always many opportunities to use math and literacy in self discovered ways.

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We made a campfire by using the middle section of our Grimm’s Large Stepped Pyramid and surrounding it with sticks from the garden. We also set up a tent and a couple of camp chairs.

You can find more camping dramatic play inspiration from Pre-K Pages and Pocket of Preschool!

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Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 1 - Children have a strong sense of identity

1.3 - Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities

This Activity is for:

  • Children who have been camping, are going camping or are showing interest in camping or camp fires

Encourage children to:

  • Use their imagination to create a storyline to go along with their camping dramatic play

  • Co-operate and work collaboratively with others

  • Share their camp fire and camping experiences

Extend on this by:

  • Adding other camping elements like sleeping bags, lanterns etc

Simplify this by:

  • Focusing solely on the campfire play experience and not doing a tent or other camping related elements

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