Small world play is one of my favourite types of invitations to set up for my little learners. It provides such a wonderful foundation for developing so many amazing skills all through play.
This week I’d like to share some of our favourite Christmas small world set ups from the last few years!
We’ve put together some pretty fun small worlds for our little learners over the years! I absolutely love adding a sensory element or base where I can to add an extra element to their play. One of our favourites for Christmas play is shredded coconut – it’s just like snow.
This first small world tray was so quick to put together! I just added some shredded coconut to the base and added a few little props from our play stash. This gorgeous white tray was from Kmart years ago but unfortunately they don’t stock the white version anymore.
The little Christmas trees and wooden house were from Riot Art and Craft many years ago and then the little penguins and baby polar bear were just from Kmart and Mini Zoo. My mum made the little pond with some fabric and felt which she ordered online!
The next small world is probably my favourite to date! We often use our Kmart Train table for our small world play – it’s the perfect height for our little learners to sit at and play.
This set up features a few goodies from MyBigWorldPlayscapes* like the gorgeous felt mats and snow-capped mountains*. We also added some of our Grimms Pebbles* from The Creative Toy Shop, Christmas trees from Kmart, Elves from Kmart, Schleich animals from Mini Zoo Shop and the base of our Magic Wood Tree House*.
Next is a sweet little small world tray featuring some more coconut ‘snow’ – can you tell I wish we had a white Christmas here in Australia?! I spotted these beautiful little wooden elves* over on Etsy by SmallHaven and I had to order a pair for our Christmas small world play!
I also added our MyBigWorldPlayscapes mountains* again as well as some of her wooden trees. When I was at the dollar shop, I spotted some little gift garlands so I grabbed a set and cut the presents off to use in our small world. It turned out so well and the kids loved playing in the coconut snow!
Now you might be wondering why small world play is so beneficial for our little learners! Not only does it allow our little learners to reinact familiar experiences as they play, they’re able to develop their oral language skills, their vocabulary and begin solving problems, thinking creatively and defining roles too!
Small world play doesn’t need to be fancy either and you certainly don’t need to spend hours setting up extravagant play spaces for your little learners. Try adding a few Christmas props like some mini trees and elf peg people to your existing play space and see what your little learners come up with! I often find our children are more engrossed in small world play when they set it up themselves.
If you’d like to get started with small world play, be sure to check out my Play Directory. It’s full of our favourite toys and materials for newborns, babies, toddlers and preschoolers!