Wednesday, April 11, 2012

worlds of imagination in a sand tray.

It seems that creating small worlds of imagination never looses popularity amongst the children.

Throw in the added attraction of teeny tiny things that kids just love to handle - small smooth pebbles, marbles of glass, minute tea sets, mini furniture, buttons, shells - and you have yourself a winner.


This sunny day we set out a couple of shallow boxes and containers filled with sand, along with a basket of goodies to create little worlds.


Scraps of material, small dishes, fake flowers, pebbles, driftwood pieces, shells and plastic butterflies were arranged and rearranged endlessly to create worlds and fairy gardens.


What fairy could resist a world such as this, created with care and thought and imagination?

Imaginative play worlds in sand boxes are simple to throw together at home and make a fun school holiday experience.  You can pick up bags of sand cheaply from your local hardware.

Like some more on fairy gardens?  Try:

::: Fairy Gardens @ Pinterest
::: Miniature Play Worlds @ Pinterest
::: Small world play ideas @ The Imagination Tree
::: Cardboard box town @ The Imagination Tree

Where has imagination taken your children lately?

14 comments:

  1. I had some leftover playsand after making moon sand and just threw the plastic eggs from Easter in the bin and my girls have been going nuts over it! Oh how I love that they love the simple things in life :)

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    1. Oooh moon sand - how much fun is that! And you are right - the simple things in life are often the best.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder, I must try this with my small girl soon, she has just reached the age where she will love it.

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    1. My pleasure Kylie - I'm sure she will love creating her own little worlds. Heck - I have fun doing it too!

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  3. @Kylie - my pleasure. @Aleacia - love moon sand! And yes, the simple things in life are often the best :)

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  4. Just beautiful...what a wonderful way to spend some time outdoors!

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    1. You could do this one indoors too of course Jode - but who wants to sweep up the sand!

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  5. We love fairy wonderlands. My small girl would be totally captivated here for hours :)

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    1. I love the ones you have done with Immy in the past Christie. And I'm so happy to see your comments again (damn you intense debate).

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  6. Yes, yes, yes - love fairy worlds. Just spent the day at an outdoor nursery where 2 children spent more than an hour deeply engrossed in their creation of a fairy world.

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    1. That's what I love about them Juliet - the engagement.

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