Making Small Worlds For Play

Making small worlds for play #youclevermonkey

A couple of weeks ago we were playing with the shells and rocks we'd found last holidays at the beach.  We love our small world play.

We decided to use some of the shells and make some things with them.


Making small worlds - we're off to the beach #youclevermonkey

Super easy to make - just permanent textas, some white paper (although card stock would have been better and easier to cut) and some sticky tape to fix to the shell.


Making small worlds - we're off to the beach #youclevermonkey

My 9yr old was home sick and went on to create several more creatures - kept her busy for ages.


Making small worlds - we're off to the beach #youclevermonkeyMaking small worlds - we're off to the beach #youclevermonkey

Shell art - making props for small worlds #youclevermonkey

She was a bit more imaginative than me, I kept making crabs :)

Making small worlds - we're off to the beach #youclevermonkeyMaking small worlds - we're off to the beach #youclevermonkey

Not that my youngest cared - she made good use of them.


Making small worlds - we're off to the beach #youclevermonkey

Then the story stones I'd made awhile ago came out too.

DIY story stones #youclevermonkey

These were easily made from some stickers and suitable sized rocks.  Just Modpodge the rock, add the sticker then paint over it again with more Modpodge to protect it.

Making small worlds - we're off to the beach #youclevermonkey

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23 comments

  1. What a lovely idea and so pretty! Thanks so much for linking to the pin it party. Have pinned and shared x

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    1. Glad I'd seen your post on Google+ about the Parent Pin It Party - found some great sites I hadn't seen before and some great ideas.

      Thanks for visiting me too :)

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  2. What super cute ideas! We'll have lots of shells by the end of the Summer to use for crafts.I've popped over from Parent Pin It Party.You can find me on Pinterest as http://pinterest.com/plus2point4

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    1. Two of mine had such fun with these but they took no time to make. Hope you have as much fun making yours - we'd love to see any photos :)

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  4. Great ideas. We have some stones to paint, I might try some of those, thank you.
    Parenting pin it party http://pinterest.com/karenbell36/

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    1. Hi Karen,
      We'd made some painted story stones before these ones using paint textas. I thought they'd be easier for the kids to draw with. I still remember painting rocks as a kid = lots of fun
      Hope you pin your stones - would love to see them!

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  5. Wow these look fun and authentic.

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  6. Ahhh so lovely! My daughter would love to do this! Thanks for joining the Parenting Pin It Party - I'm following you now on Pinterest x

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    1. Loving reading your blog so thanks for visiting :)

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  7. Oh what a cool craft!!
    Visiting from the #pinitparty
    http://pinterest.com/romanianmum/

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    1. Thanks for visiting :)

      You can find me on Pinterest too
      http://pinterest.com/nicholehalliday

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  8. This looks great - pinning it RIGHT NOW!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment and for visiting x

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  9. One clever crafty Mummy! Popping over from the Pin it party

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  10. ooooh lovely idea! Popping in from the Pin it party. x

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    1. Thank you :)
      I've been enjoying reading the other posts on the Pin It Party too

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  11. This is EXACTLY the sort of activity I look forward to sharing with my 2 year-old twins... LOVE the red crab! For now though, nothing distracts them from Peppa!

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  12. Ah yes, Peppa. Her appeal is universal and enduring - my eldest will still watch it with my youngest without complaint (and I don't mind her either).
    There's really not need to wait until your kids are older. You just need to give some thought to who they are and what will be safe for them to use. My kids loved playing with plastic animals from when they were about 18 months or so. It might be dinosaurs in the sandpit or a house with people. Just read, read and read with them and then they will begin to tell and retell their own stories.
    It's just beautiful to be a part of. Enjoy x

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  13. What fun! The mermaid is so pretty. Thanks for linking up to the After School Party.

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  14. Those crabs are hilarious! I love this idea -small world play is such fun. I love listening to my daughter as she narrates. Thanks for the inspiration!

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