How do you fancy getting your hands on one of these from the lovely people at TTS?
I really like it because even though it is a till, it is ambiguous enough that it could be a variety of contraptions depending on who was using it.
Of course, as adults we can identify it as a shop till. Although, how many shop tills look like this one? When I am standing at the self service till in Tesco (being told that there is an unexpected item in my bagging area), I am not looking at anything like this. So lots of our children may not know what it is as they have never seen one like it.
Don't forget that children can only role play with the language and experience that they have got in their head. So if you create a role play area that is full of gorgeous objects that the children don't recognise or don't have language for, then you are not facilitating effective role play.
Good role play allows children to practise, imagine and rehearse
problems and possibilities before they happen. Lots of opportunity to do this
will equip children not with the solutions to every eventuality they will come
up against, but the strategies for problem solving and a wealth of experience
to draw upon. Role playing with other children not only reinforces social
interactions but gives of the children involved the opportunity to learn about
the thoughts, reactions and strategies of others, which will in turn enhance
Over structuring and theming of role play
spaces can significantly get in the way of children developing these skills. It
is difficult to expect children to be able to explore and make sense of their
own personal experiences when they are being asked to do it in a Garden Centre or the Post Office! Although, theming around interest can add value
to a role play experience, it should be an enhancement to your provision and
not the provision in it’s entirety.
For a real quality role play experience you
need to provide lots of opportunities for social interaction and objects that
will promote open ended play. What is crucial is that the children have lots of
opportunities to interact and socialise, that their imaginations can run wild
and take a leap – if that is what they want to do.
So, for me this 'till of loveliness' would be an enhancement to your open ended role play. Something that you could put into a box or basket themed around 'shopping' that would enhance your open ended role play.
Having said that if someone came along and took it out of the 'shopping' box to use it as a control panel in the Tardis, on their space ship or to type in a secret spy code to open a locked door – that would be fantastic. (no shouting over and telling them to put it back in the 'shop' box would be allowed!)
The great thing about good role play spaces is that all of those things have the potential to be happening at the same time.
So, to win this till all you have to do is…
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All entries must be made by Midday on Sunday 3rd November 2013. The winner will then be drawn by a random number generator.