This originally ran as a guest post at NurtureStore in May 2013.

If you are unfamiliar with our Simple Small World series - all the small worlds must be able to be set up in 5 minutes or less and I try to repeat elements as often as possible.  I found a set of dragons on clearance and was very excited to create a Dragon World for little S.  She loves dragons almost as much as dinosaurs.  :)

S dove in and was all giggles.  She loved touching the fluffy white clouds.

And decided that she'd use the clouds to wash her little dragon friends.

As is often the case when we play - she came up with something I'd missed!  The dragons needed a lake.  It was true - a total oversight on my part.  :)  It was easily and quickly remedied with a large plastic bowl I picked up from the Dollar Tree.

I added a touch of blue liquid watercolors and with the addition of the shaving cream it really looked the part of a mystical dragon lake!

She discovered that dragons are really good at balancing.  Even on precarious spots - like the cliffs along Dragon Lake.

A happy several hours passed full of storytelling and playing with her dragons....with a touch of painting her feet with shaving cream.  It is hard to resist.

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To set up your own Dragon World, you'll need:

Plastic containers of different sizes (Tupperware or items from the recycling)
Blue and green gems (we get ours from the Dollar Tree)
Dragon TOOB (or whatever other creatures you wish!)
Bowl with water

Turn the plastic containers upside down in various places inside your sensory bin.  Spray shaving cream over the outside.  Scatter the blue and green gems throughout and place your dragons.  Place a bowl full of water for a lake somewhere in your world.  If you want to color the water of your lake, a drop of food coloring or liquid watercolors will do the trick!

You can read about our other Simple Small Worlds here:

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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children.  As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family.  I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision.  Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies).  Observe caution and safety at all times.  The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.

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