You can read about our other simple small worlds here:
I love small world imaginative play, and so does S.  Sometimes I feel like I see small worlds on Pinterest that are amazing, but so intricate that they feel a bit overwhelming.  Especially with an infant to also care for, I like to throw together simpler small worlds, using similar "ingredients", so hopefully they feel less daunting.

For this world we used the plastic underbed storage container.   You can also use one of the Step2 sensory tables I mentioned in my Basic Sensory Supplies post.  I filled it with tap water, added some lily pads that I cut out of foam sheets (from Michaels or the Dollar Store), and added some glass beads (from the Dollar Store), and added some plastic frogs.  I think the two most important elements are the floating foam pieces and the water, so you could always create a world with floating shapes and whatever plastic toys you have on hand.

Here she's telling her story of the frogs in a quiet voice.  It's so cute to listen to her narrate.  Apparently there was a big storm that came and was washing all the poor frogs off their lily pads!

So long as you are closely supervising, most things you do in small worlds can be baby friendly.  I don't know that I would set something like this up for X if he were my only child, but if there are younger siblings, you could always have them "join" in.  :)

X loves being able to play with "big kid" stuff.  I swear he can tell when it's something not normally for babies!  

And who doesn't love a cute little frog, right?

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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.


  1. I have really loved looking at all the small worlds you have created!

  2. I am so glad I found your blog today! It is so inspiring and I just LOVE the small worlds. We did a version of the dragon world today and my son who is 4 just loved it. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment, Keri! I'm so glad you both love the small worlds! More are coming once I get around to editing photos and typing them up - ha! There's even another Dragon World... ;) Thank you again for taking the time to leave such a nice comment! Hearing stuff like this makes my day!!! :)


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