This half term my team and I have created a performance space within our room. It was following our observations of how much our children love to dress up, sing, dance and perform. Opportunities to observe children in this area is always a joy to see but can be limited if the environment doesn’t allow or provide these experiences. Using all free and donated items our ‘performance area’ was born! Staff members asked for donations via local selling pages on Facebook and eureka - we acquired a keyboard, paper jam rock guitar, battery guitar with effects and ....a violin!!! We also managed to talk nicely with our site manager who found us a sturdy pallet complete with platform. A quick visit on Amazon completed the area using silver glitter curtains and some additional laminated stars and pictures, along with the dressing-up box, saw a quick and effortless transformational area of the room.
We easily could have gone with a Chinese restaurant or a ‘shop’ role play area which would have been less engaging to the children and largely would have resulted in the same type of play being carried out. However, we wanted to challenge children’s thinking, allow creativity and let our children shine!
Who doesn’t love a ticketed performance?! Pass the popcorn!