My Neighbourhood- Community Helpers
I think this is one of my boy’s favourite themes. He got to play and learn at the same time. He could simply indulge in his world of imagination!
The imagination is a powerful tool and it is important to provide children with the opportunity to develop their imagination. Imaginative play plays a vital role in intellectual development, improves social skills and creativity. Children are given a chance to play out events that they have observed or experienced in real life.
Key benefits role playing for children
- Develops communication and language skills
- Allows children to act out and make sense of real-life situations
- Allows children to explore, investigate and experiment
- Develops social skills as children collaborate with others
- Children learn to empathise with others; taking part in a role play activity would usually mean that you are taking on the role of character which will teach children about the empathy and understanding of different perspectives.
- Helps children learn about different cultures
- Encourages children to express their ideas and feelings in a relaxed environment
- Develops children's awareness of themselves and others
- Gets children learning more as learning is disguised as play
- Sparks creativity and imagination
Wow! That is a whole bunch of benefits for sure.
For any role play, setting up the stage is important!
1. Our Mailroom
I made use of my bomb shelter to create the mailroom. Materials are easily available.
- Ziploc bags to hold the letters for sorting.- If you have many boxes, you may want to use them. You can create pigeon holes to make it look like a real mailroom.
- Magnetic strips to hold the Ziploc bags. You may choose to use sticky tape instead.
- Printed Alphabets
- Printed Stamps
Link to Printed Alphabets and Stamps
I recycled my gift bag by enlarging the handle for easier slotting of letters. I pasted the label and wrote ‘SG Mail’ to make it look more realistic! You may want to use a box instead. I was lazy to wrap it up you see…
3. Prepare the letters to be posted
I got my boy to ‘write’ letters for everyone in the family. He had to slot the letters into the envelopes and paste the stamps as well. I helped him to write the names and addresses on the envelopes.
4. Post the letters
My little postman collected the letters the next day as I felt it was too much to do for a day. I prepared a mailbag for him!
His next mission was to sort the letters according to alphabets in the mailroom.
We gave out the letters to all the recipients. None understood what he was scribbling but everyone was happy!
My boy is crazy over vehicles. I created this set of Sorting & Matching Cards in Chinese with community helpers and their transportation vehicles. It definitely helped to get him more interested in the language. He loved it so much that he played for 2 consecutive days. He was able to identify the community helpers and their transportation vehicles in Chinese! My effort was not wasted!
You can download the Sort and Matching cards here.
Learning and play are very compatible. When children are engaged and having fun, learning becomes easy and natural. Playful learning is able to captivate children’s minds in ways that structured learning simply cannot. The more “fun” learning is, the more learning that actually occurs.
Till the next theme! Remember to have lots have fun!
Content Source: Mummy Janice
Edited By: Preschool Resources
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