Farm Activities for Toddlers: Farm Small World

*The twins are 25 months actual, 23 months adjusted

Hi everyone! Today I’m very excited to kick off our series of farm activities for toddlers by sharing our first ever small world play set-up!

Farm Activities for Toddlers: Farm Small World

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I have been anxiously awaiting the day when my twins were ready for small world play.  Once I began to see them engaging in imaginative play with their toys, I knew the wait was over!  If you are not familiar with small world play, it is simply when children use miniature items to reenact scenes from their own experiences, books, fairytales, etc.  Many small worlds incorporate sensory play materials to enrich the experience and make it more realistic.  As you can imagine, small worlds are great for many areas of development, including language. Check out our post Building Language with Small World Play for more information and tips for using small world play for language stimulation.

This farm scene was so much fun for me to set up.  It really is a creative outlet for grownups!  I was particularly inspired by these small world farms by Imagination Tree and Sunhats and Wellie Boots.  I made a few different vignettes so that several children could play together comfortably.  We set this activity up twice; once for a play date with Tex, and another time for some after-nap fun with Mimi (pictured).  In the future, I plan on having an area where we can set up small worlds that can be left out for a week or two and added to over time.

To create our farm small world, I started with a Little People Barn that I had from my early speech therapy days. For creatures, I used small figurines from our Safari Ltd Farm Toob and some larger animals I got at Michael’s.

Our first little area was a sty for our little piglets and their mama.

Farm Small World @ Twodaloo

I used a little crate from some wooden play food that we own and filled it with wet coffee grounds and straw.  The piggies got some corn to eat in a little egg-carton trough.  Next up…the poultry house.

Farm Small World @ Twodaloo

I used a covered bridge from our Mickey train set (it was my brother’s as a kid) as our chicken coop. I filled it with straw and an empty section of egg carton so the kids could build nests for the chickens and giant turkey.  They also got a generous helping of “birsheed” for dinner.  As for the waterfowl…

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…a pond complete with pinto bean pebbles and pretty rocks.

And last but not least, a field for our cattle and tractors!

Farm Small World @ Twodaloo

Half of the small cookie sheet was covered in brown home made play dough, and the other half was filled with pinto beans.  I “planted” two different textures of grass (from my craft supplies- I never throw anything away) in the mud, leaving plenty of room for animal and tractor-track making.

Farm Small World @ Twodaloo

The twins had been asking for “blue water” all morning, so Mimi and I set up the farm during their nap and let them have at it when they woke up.

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Taking the ducks for a swim.

Farm Small World @ Twodaloo

Making animal tracks.

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Mr. Turkey in his “nest.”

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Giving the mama pig a big drink.

Farm Small World @ Twodaloo

Mama pig rolls in the mud.

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Sydney’s favorite animal this time was the turkey.  She built nests for it using the egg carton sections and then moved it to the barn.  On a whim, I found some round white beads in my stash for her to use as the turkey’s eggs. She has carried those same beads around for an entire week- I actually found them in the bathtub tonight. She likes to sit on them to keep them “waaam!”

Farm Small World @ Twodaloo

I had to share a picture of the aftermath…looks like a tornado blew through the little farm!  But that’s ok- a good time was had by all!

Farm Small World @ Twodaloo

More Good Stuff for You

If you are looking for more farm activities for toddlers, I’ve rounded up all of our farm series post in one place- click HERE to see the entire collection.

Looking for more small world inspiration? Here are a few of our favorites:

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Comments

  1. Looks like fun but glad i didn”t have to clean up afterwards…

  2. Stephanie says:

    Haha! It really wasn’t that bad- just some sweeping! We managed to keep all the water on the plastic sheet so I could just toss it.

  3. Love this, Stephanie! Especially the grasses and the pond. Our small world farm was the most popular (with the kids) small world we’ve done so far. After reading your post I’m itching to go make another one!
    Can’t wait to see your round-up!

  4. I am loving this in so many ways! I particularly like the egg carton troughs and the incorporation of play dough. So much to explore in this whole set up!

  5. what a creative small world. just love it.

  6. This looks like SO much fun. I’m completely inspired to make something like this for my son now. We haven’t done any small world play but I think he’d love it. You have a ton of great and creative ideas on your site. Can’t wait to spend more time looking around. And thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi! Following along with you know. Excited to see what you create next.

  7. This is awesome … so creative! I featured your post and photo in my 40+ Farm Sensory Tubs post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/06/17/montessori-monday-40-plus-farm-sensory-tubs/

  8. Every time I see this post I love it a bit more. It was so clever to use cookie sheets to separate this different parts of the farm, and I want to play in that duck pond. Featuring your awesomeness on today!

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