Why do we like small worlds so much?

You might be wondering why we always include a small world in our messy play sessions?

Here's a few reasons why...

Small worlds can be based on any theme. They inspire storytelling and allow children to use their imaginations. Importantly, they develop communication skills through role-play as well as informing and teaching children about different environments.

Want to have a go at making a small world with your little one? Use puppets, play toys, cardboard boxes, leaves, cereal, soil, twigs and other sensory materials such as rice, pasta, hay, dry lentils etc to re-create your very own small world!

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In picture 1 (above) we have used animals, ice, rice and glitter, cotton wool and shaving foam to create a mini frozen kingdom.

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In picture 2, we have created a small world construction site using cornflakes, stones, weetabix bridges, jenga bricks, egg boxes, oats, kitchen roll insides and diggers.

 

These are just two ideas, and there are plenty more suggestions out there if you're in need of inspiration. Or just see what you have around the house, and what small toys your children enjoy playing with.