When P was our letter of the week, we were also reading books about the animals of Asia. It worked out well that we could study pandas at the same time.
We found some great envelope boxes from a local office. They go through them often for mailing purposes, and we are able to get new ones when ours start to wear out. They are sturdy and the perfect size for our small world play scenes. Plus, they come with lids, so we can store our scenes to save them for a while.
What’s in the box?
Our panda small world play box contains:
- Black beans
- Large green glass beads
- Small green glass beads
- Small bamboo twigs (Ours were $1 each from the miniature plant bins at Michael’s)
- Small container
- Pandas from the Safari Ltd. Pandas Toob
My oldest daughter enjoyed helping me set up the box, and all of the kids enjoyed playing with it throughout the week.
One of my favorite things about small world play is to see the kids’ creativity and story telling change throughout the week as they interact with the scene more. As we read different books about pandas I heard the kids including many facts in their dramatizations. After reading Giant Pandas the kids started having the pandas climb trees and eat bamboo. They also recalled that pandas like to live alone, so soon all of the pandas were spread out to different “bamboo forests” around the living room. By interacting more with the play scene, they are definitely remembering more of the details than if I had simply read the story alone.
You can find more inspiration for your panda theme or Asia unit study on my Asia Pinterest board.
What else would you have included in the panda small world play scene?
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