Our Tropical World

Recently we visited Tropical World. Our trip really captured Little Mr’s imagination and he was keen to create somewhere to live for the insects that he bought from the gift shop.
 
 
 
Together we planned what he wanted to include. He thought of most of the ideas himself as he could recall what we had seen the previous day. Though he was adament we had seen cows and pigs, I must have missed those. He was also very keen to have a car, not very tropical but he wanted to be able to drive around his small world scene.
 
We have a large round tray, which we have used for many small world play themes. It is perfect as can be easily moved around. We then began to collect the other items we needed.

 
Little Mr eager as ever to start headed outside to collect some sand to start his Tropical play scene.



 

We have already had lots of play generated from such a small collection of objects. From track making in the sand, to insects hiding an needing to be found. I am sure that we can eek out a few more days of play before changing it over.

Some of the activities we will do with this small world play scene are:

Scientific Knowledge & Understanding – Identifying the names of the toy insects, looking after plants, naming parts of a plant.

Literacy – Role play opportunities & story telling

Numeracy – Counting insects, ordering insects by length, counting legs and simple problem solving.

We have lots of fun making small world play scenes. Have you made any? I would love to find out about yours.

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