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S has a lot of miniature farm animals (some from miscellaneous Playmobil sets;some from a partial Safari Ltd Farm TOOBI found at a garage sale), so making a farm small world seemed only natural!

First I set to work making stalls for the animals.  These was quickly accomplished with my best friend, hot glue gun, and some popsicle sticks.

Next I needed fill materials.  I try to keep the materials in my small worlds as simple as possible, so I went with some blue cardstock paper for the pond, some gravel for the edge of the pond, some millet puff cereal we had for the horses' stall, dried coffee grounds for the pig stall, cut up dried grass from our front yard, and cut up fresh grass from our backyard.

S really enjoyed the smell of the cut grass, and as this was several weeks ago when it was still winter, it really helped our house smell a bit like summer (fresh cut grass always reminds me of summer!).

S decided to play with tiny pony first.  He took a drink from the pond first.

Then went to visit the pigs.

Finally he came back to his stall and ate some apples with the rest of his horse family.

Then S decided that everyone was tired and needed her to create beds for them throughout the world.

The beds were each individually made by S.  They consisted of a little bit of everything...

Now little pig is asleep and she's off making another bed.

She really wanted to feel the "dirt" with her foot.  :)

After each bed was carefully made, S took all the fencing and the pond, requested a piece of plastic wrap, and made this.  It's a big house with a "clear window" for Mama Pig.  S then proceeded to tell several stories about Mama Pig and how she got to her home.  Small worlds are a fabulous venue for encouraging story telling.  This bin stayed around for several days, and my husband and I enjoyed several versions of Mama Pig stories while X really enjoyed playing with the dried grass.  :)

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  1. Another awesome small world from the small world queen! Just love this! My favorite part is how your daughter made her own creation, and it led to all sorts or creative play and imaginative stories! Off to share! :)

    1. Aw, thank you lovely Chelsey!!! You are the best!!! :) :) :)

  2. I love this small world - it has so many realistic features!

    1. Thank you, Emma! It was so much fun! And it actually smelled pretty awesome for a farm, LOL!

  3. I love all of the sensory elements and details in this small world. Thanks for sharing at Discover & Explore! I'm featuring this post today.

  4. Simply awesome!! Can't wait to make! And the felt mats!!! What size plastic container are these in...looks perfect! And how big is your base piece for the different felt mats?

    1. Thank you, Emily! :) So the plastic container is an underbed storage container - it's about the size of a kid, hahaha - I forget how many gallons it technically holds. But just look in the storage section for one and you'll recognize it! And the felt mats weren't necessarily measured - so I'll have to guess for ya - I think maybe 1 to 1.5 yards on each side? Really any size will do. I always lay it out and eyeball it. :)

    2. WoW!!! This is what I need!!! Thank you so much for sharing... I will link you when we try this...


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