Chapter 3


Generic ideas and activities

Writing and the Role-Play Area

If planned well, a role-play area can provide an opportunity to include writing for a real purpose.

Suitable for

  • Early Years, KS1


  • To provide a real purpose for writing.
  • To support emergent writing.


  • As suggested by the theme of the role-play area

What to do

  1. Role-play areas can provide the excitement and stimulation that prompt children to write naturally and with purpose. They can let their imaginations go and begin to be ‘real’ writers. There are many opportunities for writing within play situations (see box on page 219).
  2. Ensure that there is a balance between preplanned role-play scenarios and ones that involve the children at an earlier ...

Get Games, Ideas and Activities for Primary Literacy, 2nd Edition now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.