Hotel play suggests two immediate roles - the receptionist and the guest. Two great (potentially new) words to learn and then the exploration of the different conversations both roles can engage in. But there are so many other opportunities - the cleaner, the valet, the concierge (remember our common theme is having ‘big people’ model and extend play if children are ready for these more specific roles even without experience of them). Have the guests actually driven up to the hotel (or have they arrived by plane). A welcome smile for hotel staff is needed to greet the new guests and check if they have made a reservation?
The hotel elevator is always a highlight, sparking fierce negotiation over who gets to “push” the button this time, number recognition practice as the smallest is encouraged to find the floor we need (once she has won the negotiation to push the button), the greeting of new people into the lift and assisting new arrivals by selecting their floor for them.
How much in play learning did you see and inspire at your hotel today?
Side note: Sharna’s children were so inspired by plane and hotel pretend play they took over the house for three days and made everyone engage in the fun. Everyone wanted to stay in the most luxurious suite aka the parent’s bedroom.
Play is contagious - we hope you catch it!
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