Good Morning!

It’s time to schedule activities, meetings, games, materials we use, … Games for children with general objectives:

  • respect their growth rates,

  • encourage manipulation and exploration of everyday objects,

  • stimulate their symbolic capacity

  • exercise autonomy and creative abilities of the child

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I want to discuss a friendly game that pursues these objectives and follows its evolution adjusting the biological time:

  • Treasure basket
  • Heuristic play
  • The close play or Pre-Corners (of Symbolic Play) I can’t find a good translation 
  • Symbolic play

Today I will focus on explaining The Close Play.


It’s one of the first play that babies is offered. We will put in a basket materials that they can manipulate and explore, that pique their interest.

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By Elionor Goldschmied, the activity was intended as a continuation of the basket of treasures, in this case the material should be selected and divide by bags that we offer the child to stimulate their autonomy and creativity. The bags will be objects of the same style, for sorting, stacking, handling, CREATE,…

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3.THE CLOSE PLAY or PRE-CORNERS (of Symbolic Play) I can’t find a good translation. In spanish: JUEGO PRÓXIMO o PRE-RINCONES

I will elaborate below. Its essence is the initiation symbolization, by manipulating bags with everyday objects.

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It’s a game that appears between the two or three years. It’s a representation of what surrounds him very primary form, becoming more creative and playful. They will eventually be able to symbolize, that is, to create and combine facts with imaginative facts.

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It is a transition between heuristic play and symbolic play, something like a “pre-corners” of symbolic play. Its creator is Marina Pascual Perez. She devised and created this game in 1998 from its educational practice, in which he noted that there was a gap between the last two play, heuristic and symbolic.

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According to the author around 16 or 24 months, children lose their interest in heuristic play, but the corners of symbolic play not correspond to their maturational time. Missing a small transition, it’s where The Close Play or Pre-Corners born.

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This type of play can be introduced into the classroom 1-2 years, towards mid-year and in the classroom 2-3 years.


Before 18 months, the child has the essential information gathered in the coexistence of the family. It is around 14 months, when they begin their first imitations but they can not imitate big roles. They will be able to imitate small daily actions that will stimulate their creative, autonomous and imitative capacity.

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At first the child imitates mechanically. With “the close play” imitates the known acts will gradually internalizing, to be able to symbolize. The child will play with materials that are part of your reality and this game will forge the foundations of symbolic play.


It’s a simple material. The material is in the form of bag. The bag is a container that will house objects familiar to him on the same topic, for example:

  • Baby bag (wipes, tissues, pacifiers, comb, dumb, diapers, …)
  • Hygiene bag (sponge, cologne, small towel, soap, comb, brush …)
  • Sports bag (-tennis different size balls, pin pon, larger ball plastic-, snowshoeing, pants, socks, sport shirts, dungarees, jump ropes …)
  • Bag pool (swimming goggles, swimming cap, flip flops, towel, comb, bathing suit …)
  • The beach bag (towel, cream, shovels, ball, comb, sunglasses, hat, goggles, bucket, shovel …)
  • Bag dad and mom (wallet, keys, pack of tissues, telephone, calendar, comb, sunglasses …) Originally bag mom mentioned, but I would like to include the father figure, as times have changed and to avoid sexist materials.

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The objects must preferably be real, and ideally you have a bag per child, as can be difficult, there should be a minimum of 8 bags and if possible, around 12 bags of each type: 12 Mom and Dad 12 beach, etc.

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It is a material that will not be fixed in class, it will be taken to work. When we go to play with bags, we will draw bags of the same theme. Is the manipulation that children build cognitive, emotional and social learning.
The educator simply presents the material, is mere mediator and its role reside in observing the interests of children and that the process goes smoothly.

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Learning Objectives

I draw directly objectives of its author:

  • Observe and explore the objects and materials that are available to sensory and perceptual level.
  • Imitate through the game real everyday actions.
  • Identify what material is and know where it is kept.
  • Be careful of material pre-corner and save it.
  • Take initiative in the game.
  • Keep attention for some time.
  • Externalize emotions aroused by the game.
  • Knowing the functions of objects and materials commonly used.
  • Create an emotional bond with the teacher and peers.
  • Externalize surprises and findings and express them verbally.
  • Recognize and name objects and materials for pre-corner.

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It’s a kind of very complete play, which can be carried out with the help of families, to get as much amount of material, but is, in my view, one of the most successful and adjusted at this age games, so it will be worth the effort 🙂

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All information have been taking the Internet, being quite limited and redirecting to different pages like – page that does not exist today, and that leads back to the website of SM

It was a little complicated the collection and translation so…

I hope you liked it and above all, who decides to work the Pre-Corners.

Happy day! Ana

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