Play and theme-based learning with our children

Friday, March 23, 2012

Small World Play

Tiny toy objects play big in the minds of kids. Small world play unleashes the potential of a kid's flexible imagination to both focus and expand moment-by-moment.

As a kid, I spent countless hours playing out animal figurine scenes. I craved those well-crafted German ones made to look like the real thing, but managed fine with the less accurate dime-store versions. (Of course, I had to buy the real deal for myself my little guy.)

Beyond doll houses and Legos, two mainstays of small world play, there's many great ideas from the crafting and kid play community. Check out my Pinterest board on small world play. I'm digging the fairy gardens, though we'll have to work up to the level of sophistication of the gardens I've pinned!

At preschool this winter (bye!!), my guy made a bear cave (pictured at top), and if he's lucky we'll make a winter wonderland this weekend using shaving cream!

For now, I'm happy to keep it easy. During a break in our rainy days, we played dinosaur outside by turning a planter into a terrarium.

Keep playing!

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