Providing experiences and provocations in early years programs that are familiar can be a great starting point for children to begin imaginative play. Familiarity allows children to reach into their memories, draw from the knowledge they already have, and expand on them, creating new stories and themes in their imagination, then testing out their theories through dramatic play! Adding manufactured or natural loose parts can encourage discussion and imaginative debates as children use gesture and language to articulate their ideas. The kitchen corner for dramatic play experiences is usually a popular station in many program spaces. Taking the time to provide quality, well made and safe materials has a direct impact on the richness of engagement of those involved.
You can find these materials and more in our Early Childhood Resource library