Small world play

We’ve all been getting a bit fed up with the Lego/train play cycle so today we tried something different – small world play! In case you haven’t heard of it before small world play enables children to learn through the manipulation of small equipment.

In my previous life (before children) I trained as an archaeologist so thought it would be fun to teach the toddler about what that involved. Sounds clever but it actually involved a box of sand with small dinosaurs hidden in it.

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When I showed the toddler he was intrigued but soon dug in with a little spade and enjoyed hunting for hidden treasure. He was happily absorbed for a while which is really good for him.


It was slightly messy and sand got everywhere but it was worth it to see him enjoying a new activity. It was free too as we had all the equipment!


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    August 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Great idea – why not add a paintbrush and magnifying glass, so he can be just like mum! Have a good week , Jo x

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      August 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Nice idea!

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    maggy, red ted art
    August 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    So cute! So simple. So fun!!
    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


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