My girls love small world play and frequently challenge me to come up with new and exciting ideas.
Angel requested something “magical” and after seeing a my little pony play scene from The Imgaination Tree, I knew Rainbows were the way forward and came up with this simple rainbow prompt to inspire small world play.
Made from a piece of recycled cardboard, I can hardly believe how successful this idea is. My girls (5 & 20 months) LOVE it! I’ve seen ponies jump over the arches, snails climbing the rainbow, cars driving underneath and so much more.
Angel has even folded it up and taken it out with her, making family meals at restaurants a little more ‘magical’.
Rainbow Small World Play: Materials
2 Large Pieces of Thick Cardboard
Red,Yellow and Blue Paint
Rainbow Small World Play
Draw a rainbow shape on both pieces of cardboard. To ensure they’re the same size, draw and cut out one and then use it to trace around on the second piece of cardboard.
Paint both sides of the arches in rainbow colours.
This is a great opportunity to introduce some colour mixing into the craft by encouraging the arty crafty kids to make the colours of the rainbow using the primary colours.
Once dry, cut a slit into each piece cardboard – one slit at the bottom and the other at the top.
Connect the pieces of cardboard together and adjust as needed by increasing the length of the slit to ensure the rainbow prompt rests nicely on a work surface.
Hand over to your kids, with a few toys of their choice and watch the magic happen!