Learning About Bugs: Insect Small World

Hi friends!

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably already realized that the Twodaloo clan has gone a little, well, BUGGY!  The twins are completely enthralled with anything that creeps, crawls, squirms, or slithers, so when I was offered the chance to review the Insect TOOB from Safari Ltd., I was literally “buzzing” with excitement!  Safari Ltd. did provide this product to me free of charge, but all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Safari Ltd. makes beautiful, authentic replicas of insects, animals, dinosaurs, historical figures, and fantasy characters.  Their mission is to teach children the value of nature through pretend play- what’s not to love?  Plus, their miniatures are Lead- and Phthalate-free, so I know my little ones aren’t coming in contact with harmful substances during playtime.

Learning About Bugs: Insect Small World

Learning About Bugs: Insect Small World

Small world setups are one of my favorite ways to encourage imaginative play, learning about nature, and language development with my little ones.  You can read more about building language with small world play here.  To celebrate the arrival of our new insect buddies, I decided to set up a “bug world” during nap time. I LOVE surprising the twins with invitations to play when they wake up!Insect small world at Twodaloo

The setup for this invitation was pretty simple- I filled a thrifted metal tray with coffee beans and then added some interesting natural artifacts from our collection, including gnarled pieces of wood, a bull horn, and a magnolia seed pod.  Oh, and isn’t that plant awesome? It’s called a corkscrew rush and has been so much fun to incorporate into our small world setups and nature tables.

Insect small world at Twodaloo

Once the habitat was set up, it was time to introduce the stars of the show…our Safari Ltd. insect friends!  Most of the insects got prime spots on the tray- sitting on the horn, burrowing in the coffee beans, or even hiding in the plant.

Insect small world at Twodaloo

However, a few of our “less desirable” friends got their own spot on a piece of driftwood.

Insect small world at Twodaloo

Although it was simple, I really enjoyed creating this small world for the twins.  It was a fun combination of different textures and the coffee beans created an added sensory element with their heavenly aroma.

Insect small world at Twodaloo

I love how the hand-painted insects really popped against the rich brown coffee beans.

Insect small world at Twodaloo

So much detail!

Insect small world at Twodaloo

They almost seem alive.

Insect small world at Twodaloo

At this point, I was so excited for the twins to wake up and discover their new play setup.  To my delight, they dove right in!

Insect small world at Twodaloo

Walking Mr. Cockroach around his new “home.”

Insect small world at Twodaloo

“Hello in there!”

Insect small world at Twodaloo

Sydney particularly enjoys sensory materials that have aromas, so she spend lots of time simply sniffing the coffee beans 😉

Insect small world at Twodaloo
Will was very concerned that the ” buggies” wouldn’t have enough to eat. He went straight out to the garden to grab a giant handful of bee balm leaves, crushed them up to release the smell, and then made a great big dinner for all the little creatures.  They got really, REALLY full that day!

Insect small world at Twodaloo
We have had SO much fun playing with our Safari Ltd. Insect TOOB.  The twins have acquired several new (and impressive) vocabulary words as a result of their bug play- if you haven’t heard a two-year-old say “centipede,” you are really missing out!  Plus, they are strengthening their symbolic play skills, learning to respect nature’s creatures, and developing their problem solving and reasoning skills- all in a day’s play 😉

Disclosure: As disclosed above, Safari Ltd. did provide our Insect TOOB free of charge, but I received no other monetary compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own, and I never review or recommend products to my readers that I would not use with my own children!

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Comments

  1. It is Gorgeous, really. I would love to come and play too :)

  2. Love this Stephanie!!

  3. You have totally got these small worlds down to perfection Stephanie! Love the insect theme. The other day my son and I squatted down together for what seemed like an eternity, watching the slinky, stretchy, strange crawling along of a slug. Mesmerizing!

  4. I love everything about this!!

  5. Wow, its so interesting! Makes me (a non bug lover) wants to come play with your kids.

  6. What a fun small world. I’m sure my son would adore this and the way you set it up makes me even want to play with it.

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