Miscellaneous Physical Play Pretending to be dogs
- Chasing Game, Imaginary Play and Physical Play
- Alternative Names
- Puppy master and Cat master (At School 18)
- Wolves (At School 03)
Pretending to be dogs was a form of dramatic/imaginative play seen at some schools.
One of the three girls playing the game was on her hands and knees in the sandpit and barking like a dog at two other students, who in turn were barking back. This lasted for about ten minutes until the play erupted into a chasing game though without any formal rules. As they were chasing each other they continued to bark and pretend to be dogs.
A version of this game is played at other schools.
At School 04
'Playing dogs' - imaginative physical play on grassed area. Involves rolling crawling and 'woofing'. One player is 'in a steel cage'. One player is also the owner. The play extends into sand area surrounding adventure play equipment. There is crawling on the sand and digging with hands. (Map Ref:A1)
At School 03
Play equipment area. Imaginative play. Dog family, barking, puppies, growling, Kelpies.
"Puppy Dogs": girls running about. One girl is in training, the other girls are sheep dogs
A version called 'Wolves' is also played:
Mum, dad, cubs. Wolves run around the house (play equipment), cubs drink milk from mother's 'tummy boobies'.
At School 18
Fantasy. Walking on hands and feet across asphalt, barking like a dog. Other child holds imaginary 'lead'. Painted turtle shell on asphalt is the sea.
A further version found at School 18:
Puppy master and Cat Master. R explains that she has come to the vet because she has lost her bark.