The materials we used included:
Shredded paper (we used paper Easter grass)
Tea box or other small box
Red and green construction paper
Toilet paper tubes
Small Farm Animals (we used the Safari Toob Animals for this small world play)
Before setting it up, I made a few of the barnyard items from the materials mentioned above:
1) I wrapped a recycled cardboard tea box in red construction paper and cut out a door. (I also used red marker to add a few lines.)
2) I cut slits into the ends of the paper tube rolls so both slits are parallel on the same end. Using the green construction paper I cut out tree tops and slid them into the slits on the paper tubes.
3) I cut a few of the egg cartons off the larger carton so that they looked like small bowls/buckets.
I set up the box ahead of time and then set it out for Little Brother just as I was about to make dinner. He was instantly interested.
He moved the animals around in the barnyard, had several take turns on the tractor, and a few others go onto the roof of the barn. The animals also began to talk to one another.
Little Brother even gave the animals some of his leftover afternoon snack! This set up only lasted a few days, mostly as it is almost entirely made of paper.
We'll definitely be exploring more small world play as the winter goes on. Using a clementine box proved to be a great container, just the right size for small world play.
What other ways might we use a clementine box? Be sure to check us out over the next few months to see our ideas for using the crates!
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