Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Getting to grips with the Garda Station...

Hello one & all,

As promised, here's my latest update from the role play area this month!

So currently, and after much prep, our role play area is none other than the Garda Station. It has gone down an absolute treat, I'm so pleased with the language that the children are using and how well they are getting into role!

Here's a little look at what it contains so far! We're constantly adding to's nice to take their little ideas and adapt the area as play progresses over the weeks!

Our uniforms...easy peasy hi-vis vests with little homemade Garda badges.

The office. All Garda Stations need an office! Here our GardaĆ­ take phonecalls, record information and write messages.

I got these Incident Forms on Twinkl. They have an ROI Garda pack now on their site.
I like to have some visual inspo on the walls to help inspire language and chit chat in the role play area. I got my labels from Twinkl and just printed the rest myself. It's nice to have some real photographs too.
Garda Station - Language Stimulation - Little Miss Teacher.
Wanted posters. Standard. Made these a few years recollection where I found them unfortunately.

Now, I believe every role play corner deserves one big feature. It's really worth it in a world where many children really struggle with their imagination. So this month it's our Garda car, which apart from the number plate, I can take zero credit for. Our fabulous Garda car was made by one of our seriously creative SNA's. She just knows how to bring the role play area to the next level!! Thank you Aisling!!

Most of the materials for our Garda Car are recycled materials from My particular favourite is the lights. Old CD cases and plastic square lids! The grill is punnets and the siren lights are old plastic bottles, a plastic hurdle part and an old washing tablet pot!

Our Garda Car was a work in progress for nearly a fortnight as we kept adding different bits and pieces to enhance it. Like our dashboard. Recycled buttons, an old car indicator / lights handles, and a variety of other plastic and foam bits and pieces!

Our Garda Station will take up our role play area for the next few weeks. It will kill me to take down the car but hopefully we can transform it when it is time for the opticians! 

It's amazing though how much you incorporate the theme of your role play area into the other areas of Aistear. For example, at our creative station this week, on scissor skills day, we were cutting out pictures of a Garda and colouring in their uniform the correct colours.

 Some other activities we'll be doing / have been doing:

  • Looking for missing objects hidden around the classroom. Good fun when you add the magnifying glasses. I try to have a different challenge for each group when they visit the role play area.
  • Learning about different types of vehicles. Easily tied into Small World & Creative Stations. We're working on shapes at the minute so tracing vehicles and looking for shapes in them is going down well.
  • Writing Station - Lots of tracing and letter formation. The Garda Station is great for informal writing too!
  • Dusting for hidden items in the sand pit with dry paintbrushes.
  • Experimenting with finger prints and footprints!
  • Building Garda Cars & Stations etc. with the Lego.
  • Road Safety
  • Halloween Safety 
  • Visit from the local Garda.
I could go on! I'll keep documenting it all as it flows over the next few weeks. I'm thrilled already with how it's going!

Have you used the Garda station in your classroom? Be sure to share any fun or interesting ideas you have!



  1. Your SNA is so talented! I love your cool role play area; very creative. :) Once I have a cohesive classroom theme, and my bulletin boards done, my creativity seems exhausted for the term. I must up my game! ;) x


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