Dinosaurs have been featuring quite a bit in our play lately. We’ve created a dinosaur sensory tub and we headed outside to make our very own dinosaur island. This time we created a dinosaur small world play scene in our living room. We absolutely love creating small worlds and there always seems to be some sort of imaginative play scene set up somewhere in our home at any given time. It’s amazing how many different scenes you can create from the same loose parts such as stones, pebbles, glass beads and leaves.
This dinosaur world was created using many of the same pieces that we used to create our indoor frog pond play scene but an entirely new world was made. I love watching R (4) as he creates these scenes. I usually begin by laying down the “ground” – in this case a scrap of earthy coloured fabric, and then I scatter a few pebbles and leaves around and that’s usually enough of an invitation for R to begin creating on his own.
R wanted to make a fire so I gave him some red tissue paper which he shredded and crumpled together. I love how it turned out.
As usual, there were lots of stories being told by R as he moved the dinosaurs around and set up little paths and homes for them.
In this picture you can see a tree that has been created by placing some plastic fern leaves inside a small blue bottle. A perfect shady spot for a tired little dinosaur!
We mix natural elements with plastic toys in these scenes. Natural stones, twigs and seed pods are mixed with plastic leaves, glass beads and plastic bottles.
This dinosaur is obviously a herbivore – munching on another of our “trees”.
These types of small world scenes are wonderful for fostering imagination. If you’re happy to leave them out for a few days, kids will add to them and change them, creating a constantly changing creative space that can really capture their imagination. Language development and story telling are also enhanced by this type of play. We’ve recently made a small world circus and an arctic scene. I can’t wait to share those with you. Do your kids enjoy making small world play scenes? What are their favourites?
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