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Why small world play?

When I taught Year 1, we were a walker learning inspired school and one of the areas in my room that was always set up was "Small World Play". These activities varied according to our different learning intentions. We would have a dollhouse with family members, construction vehicles, a dinosaur world, bugs, insects or even little Lego world's, so many options. 

At times our Walker Learning Investigation time could be LOUD and that was great, there was a lot of learning going on. But our small world area was always restricted to 2 or 3 people and this often meant that this area was quieter and calmer. Which is great for you doing small world at home. You could set out a small world for your children while you're cooking dinner or need a winding down before bedtime activity. 

Our small world kits come with a mini play tray which is a perfect size for a small world set up. Our play trays keep everything ordered and contained. Our small world kits provide a sensory aspect too. 

Why small world play?

Small world play refers to imaginitive play with small toys or figurines, encouraging children to use their imagination to bring the little world to life. Children create real world and fantasy world's with familiar objects and surroundings. Small world play also encourages retelling of stories. You could pair a book with your small world kit and children could then retell the story using their small world. 

Giving children the opportunity to act out experiences through small world supports their social, emotional and personal skills. 

Small world play develops many different areas of the child. Small world play offers the opportunity for children to build language skills, expanding their vocab and understanding. 

In the classroom, I often found children who were hesitant to talk in big groups or had language delay playing in the small world area or role play areas. 

Our kits come with everything you need to get your started in small world play. 

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