Adult 1: How are you going to do that?
Child 1: To make it, you fold it and …
Narrator (Catherine Sewell, play specialist): A simple way to support play is to ask open-ended questions, such as, ‘Tell me about what you’ve drawn’ or ‘Tell me about your game today’ or ‘What is this world that you have created here?’
Child 1: I want to use it.
Adult 1: What could you use that for?
Child 1: I’m going to colour in here, and some of it’s a bit tough.
Adult 1: It’s a bit tricky, isn’t it?
Narrator: So questions that allow for the child to talk about how they felt about something, to describe what they’ve been doing.
Adult 1: Oh, what have you put in there?
Child 1: Little, little, little thingies.
Adult 1: Oh wow.
Narrator: And maybe allow them to think of a new way, a new avenue that they might take that play.
Adult 1: Can you tell me about what you’ve done?
Child 2: This is a bit torn so no water can go over it.
Adult 1: That’s fantastic. So that bit stops the water getting in?
Child 2: Yeah. On the sides.
Adult 1: You’re going to do that on the sides? How are you going to do that?