Farm Small World Play

Small world play takes your child on an amazing adventure into their imagination. It encourages language and vocabulary that may not be used in every day speech, allows for children to recreate stories and life events that they have experienced and helps to develop story telling skills. Best of all it is lots of fun!

This Farm small world is simple to make and easy to set up. It will have your child 'mooing' and 'baaing' before you know it!

Farm animals on paper grass eating and drinking from beans and playdough

For the grass we cut up the green newspaper from our easy painting experience. The drinking trough is full of blue playdough left over from our rainbow rice and playdough exploration and the feed is made up of dried beans from our pantry (we like to reuse and re-purpose our play around here!). The most time consuming part was making the barn out of an ice-cream container, cardboard tubes and and red paper, but honestly that didn't take very long either.

Bird's eye view of a farm play set up

My boy has just turned 2 and is only beginning to get involved in imaginary play so I sat down with him and we played with this together. You will find that older children will happily play with this alone as they drift into their own little world.

Farm animals with a red barn

We named the animals, made the sounds, sung 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm' and moved the animals around giving them drinks of water and grains to eat. Mr R found it hilarious as the animals had a drink and got playdough stuck on their noses. Those are the types of moments I love about small world play and sitting down and playing with my son.

The ideas for small world play are endless, this wasn't our first and it won't be our last either (see our small world dinosaur play here).

Tell me about small worlds you or your children have created, I would love to hear all about them!

Happy Playing,

Alison :)

Farm animals in a handmade farm small world



  1. This is super cute and so easy to put together! #ToddlerFunFriday - Pinning :)

  2. What a sweet activity. I love the use of all those recyclables to create this small world. Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday :)


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