This pretend play farm is easy to set up and gives children lots of opportunities to add their own ideas to the imaginary play. It includes lots of interesting textures, so it’s great for sensory play too.
Our pretend play farm was set up by borrowing in lots of elements that we are using elsewhere. We started off with some rectangles of card, in different colours and sizes, to make a patchwork of fields. Post-it notes are useful here, as they are easy to place and re-arrange. (you can more fun post-it note activities here) We used some small world characters and animals.
We used our indoor meadow as a field too, with a cute flock of sheep (from Tesco). This introduces a new texture to the play, along with a fresh grass scent.
As the farm is set up in small tubs and pieces of card, it’s very easy for the children to move them around and make changes to the farm set-up as they play.
Pretend play small worlds encourage children to stretch their imaginations and make up stories. They develop language, learn and practise new words, and make conversations between characters.
A small world is super simple to set up – or as elaborate as you care to make it. Take a look at these 15 small world activities for more more creative ideas.