I made these little crochet trees to use in my sensory bin and small world set ups.
They’re sized for the little wooden peg people that we use a lot and I’m really pleased with them!
I have an Etsy shop where I have some of my cross stitch patterns listed (pretty unrelated to this blog!) and I’ve added these trees to it. This is a bit of shameless self-promotion but if anyone would like to have a look at them then here’s the link: www.littlelottielouise.co.uk
This is a relatively easy set up but one that we use time and time again.
We used a fake grass mat (link in the suppliers list), a bit of blue felt cut into a pond shape and our farm and animals to make up this small world play. It’s very quick and easy to set up!
We also have two of these ‘pens’ set up for various animals to go in (don’t ask me why there’s a pig, sheep and brown bear in there together…that’s the mind of an almost 2 year old for you!).
They came from an idea I saw on Facebook a while ago (I don’t have the link so can’t credit the original source) and are made from plant pot holders from Tiger (link in the suppliers list) with a bit of fake grass cut to size in the bottom. I bought the grass from eBay, it’s a sample sized piece from a garden supplies shop. It only cost a few pounds and it worked out to be just the right size – more by luck than judgement there I have to say!
Anyway, hugely fun and easy to set up. We spent ages naming the animals, making the appropriate animal noises, role playing feeding them… and demolishing the roof of the barn (or course!).
Supplies and Suppliers:
Scrap of blue felt
Toy animals (ours are Holztiger)
Farm buildings/toy farm
Grass mat – http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/synthetic-garden-turf-tile—70-x-100cm-375020
Tiger plant pot holder – there isn’t a product link on the website but this is the company https://gb.flyingtiger.com/en-GB
Scraps of fake grass
CL: communicating, speaking
PD: sensory exploration
UW: imaginative play, animals