Make your own farm inspired mini world

 

There is something extra special about home-made activities. Don’t get me wrong, our house is filled with the obligatory plastic stuff that click-clacks, buzzes and bleeps, and a heap of guilt induced ‘OMG we must buy wood’ toys. But… when it comes down to it, nothing holds Little Buttons interest more than a bit of make-shift wonder.

 

A recent visit to a lovely farm and their enticing gift shop (that you HAD to walk through to leave) sent Little Button into a must-buy frenzy.

 

She is usually quite good at resisting the goodies, but after having such a wonderful time, I could see her reaching for play things that would remind her of the farm. The trouble was, no matter how wonderful, the token gifts were pretty expensive and we are trying to avoid buying things every time we go on a visit. We feel it’s really important not to set the trend of buying something for the sake of it and although it can feel like we are being awful, it’s starting to really pay off. Well done Little Button!

 

Instead of buying something new, I decided to refresh her interest in some of her long forgotten farm animal figures and put together a very easy to make farm inspired mini world.

 

Make your own farm inspired mini world

 

What do you think? Amazing what you can do with the odds and ends you already have at home.

 

A quick glance at what you will need to make this farm inspired mini world

-A container

-Coloured paper

-Some shredded paper

-Tin foil

-Pipe cleaners

-Farm toys

-Chocolate eggs

 

 

Let’s make it

Step 1

First you will need a container for the mini world. I used an empty storage box (*whispers… OK… it was actually a full one that I tipped out to make empty). You could also use a shoe box, large plastic serving tray or even a baking tray. Whatever you have to hand.

 

Step 2

Next, use some coloured paper to make the ground. I had green paper so I used that to make a grassy base. If you are very clever, you could use some fake or even dare I say it, real grass. I also added a few green pipe cleaners that I coiled into springy grassy shapes and I threw in a leaf or two.

 

Step 3

Dig out any farm toys you have and then think about how you might be able to create little homes or zones for them. Save any little Easter rabbits, chicks or mini eggs that you have left over as these work really well in the mini world.

These are the zones I made:

 

A hen house area with hidden eggs

I used coloured shredded tissue paper and feathers that we already had in Little Buttons art box to make a place for nesting. I then filled her re-usable eggs with chicks and pretend fried eggs. For the all-important hen lookout, I popped her on an upturned empty yogurt pot.

 

Make your own farm inspired mini world

Make your own farm inspired mini world

Make your own farm inspired mini world

Make your own farm inspired mini world

Make your own farm inspired mini world

Make your own farm inspired mini world

 

 

A straw hide-out for the rabbits

The rabbits hide-out made from some very thick shredded card that came with a package. I also hid some real chocolate eggs in there as a reference to the Easter bunny.

 

Make your own farm inspired mini world

 

 

A feeding area for the farm animals

I used a small cupcake case as a feeding trough and added in some rice crispies for good measure.

 

Make your own farm inspired mini world

 

 

A pond with fish

To make a dry pond, you can try wrapping some tin foil around an up-turned lid. I used some pipe cleaners to twist into little fishes. To make it even more fun, you could use a shallow pot and fill with a splash of water to make a wet pond.

 

Make your own farm inspired mini world

 

Little Button spent about an hour or so happily tinkering with her farm inspired mini world. She has played with it almost every day so far…

Everything is in a bit of a pickle now, so I am going to try out another idea soon.

 

Have you ever made a farm inspired mini world for your little one? If you have tried other ideas, what has been your favourite theme so far?

 

This post is linked to
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9 Comments

  1. April 11, 2016 / 5:47 am

    Really love this idea, and it’s so simple. I’m sure even I could manage it! Finn loves playing with figures so I’m sure he would love this and it’s a great way to use his imagination. I’ve only just found your blog so off for a good old browse now to see what else I can make 🙂

  2. April 12, 2016 / 6:46 am

    I love this! You have such a great imagination. I’m a bit rubbish at thinking of things to make, but once I see something I can’t wait to try it! *runs off to find a bun case and some rice krispies* This is so cute and I think I may well be attempting something like it today with the tots! Thanks for sharing xx
    #MarvMondays

  3. April 14, 2016 / 11:39 am

    This is so cute and what a great idea. I hate what consumers my kids have become and we made a sock bunny a few weeks ago too for that reason. I love small world activities and have made a few for school but I am not mega creative like you, this looks fab! TY for linking up with #FamilyFun
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    • Annette, 3 Little Buttons
      April 14, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Thank you… it’s incredibly simple really. I have a fairy themed mini world in the making at the moment.

  4. April 14, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    My eldest is now 10 and very arts and crafty (unlike her mother!), she often does things like this with her younger bro (4) who loves it. He’s been learning about China at school so K made Chinese dragons on lolly sticks with paper chains and they performed dances with them watching Youtube footage! I wish I was better at this kid of stuff!! xx

    • Annette, 3 Little Buttons
      April 14, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Aww how lovely! She sounds very creative.

  5. April 15, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I love this small play! That’s so much better than buying a gift to remember her fun day out, making stronger memories by acting out her visit through small play. Love it! Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

  6. April 17, 2016 / 12:13 am

    What a great idea and activity! Our little one is really into her arts and crafts at the moment too and would love to do something like this. Ill have to have a think about what bits we can dig out to do something similar. I love the idea of reusing rather than buying all the time, which is so unneccessary and like you say, not the best habit to start. Fab post and great idea, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

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