Schemas are patterns of repeated behaviours that can be observed in young children’s play as they explore and make sense of the world around them. Using their senses and movements, children show their fascination for: moving things from one place to another, hiding objects in small enclosed places, covering themselves and objects, throwing things and watching them fall, and so on.
We see this type of repetitive play everyday in our nursery and understand the value of it. Putting objects onto heads is one of the actions that young children like to do and is an intrinsic part of child development providing the basis for later learning and development of ‘abstract thought’.
Recently hats have been available in school, partly because of the sunny weather and also to generate role play opportunities. The children have enjoyed trying on the hats and pretending to be someone else whilst wearing them.