Small worlds and Fairy Gardens are charming and enchanting play scenes that foster imaginative play. They’re simple to set up, and if you’re like me, you’ll have as much fun creating them as your child will have playing with them.
A small world is easy to make using items that you already have around your home. Simply find a container, and fill it with a base material such as water, dirt, sand or rice and…
A Plant pot becomes a dinosaur small world.
More dinosaur play in a shallow pan of water:
This is one of those saucers from the dollar store, meant to go underneath a potted plant.
Smurfs or small animal or action figures in a box full of sand.
Sea world in some sand and water.
Build a fairy garden:
Fill a pot with dirt or gardening soil, add stones, twigs, plants.
Add a small basin of water for a pond.
Raid the toy-box for small animals and equipment (Lego and Imaginext pieces work well).
Stepping stones and moss are must-haves…and voila.
Make a back-drop for play using a cereal box.
I painted up a Main Street for Polly Pocket and her friends, and the hooligans love it.
I drew it all out with Sharpies one night, and Andrew coloured it for me.