Egg Carton Small World Play with Dinosaurs & Fairies

When Tinkerlab invited us to take part in their latest challenge how could we resist! Previous creative challenges have included paper bags, magazines & this month it's egg cartons!  We've been storing quite a few of these away ready for this challenge, & Minnie knew exactly what she wanted to make with them. So with a quick hunt around our craft stash & the garden she created these small world play areas. I was going to feature just one, but love them both & couldn't decide between them, so here are her two creations.

Firstly she created her Dinosaur World!

She scooped green coloured sand from her sandpit (that we used for our Treasure hunt) & mixed in a little soil to one half of the egg carton.

Small pebbles were added along with a few branches that had been pulled from nearby shrubs. Minnie (under supervision) made a hole in the centre sections of the egg carton using a biro & then pushed the branches through.

The dinos enjoyed their new home, & Minnie loved mixing the sand & soil between her fingers, & hiding the dinos beneath it.

She was keen to add water to the other half of the egg carton so the dinosaurs could have a bath! We talked about what would happen to the cardboard if water were added, & I suggested using tinfoil instead. She agreed she didn't want the carton to go soggy, so we added some foil to the base, along with more stones she had collected. (We've since added a shallow plastic dish to the foil side & added water so the dinos can have a real splash!)

A perfect space to cool off under the shade of the 'trees' in the water!

The following day Minnie wanted to create another 'egg carton world' using some play dough & the flowers she had from her flower shop.
This small world setup was to become Fairyland!

She used more green sand, but this time added some glass beads to one half of the carton.

She squashed play dough into the other half & we made a path with more glass beads.

The 'trees' were added (as they were before) & Fairyland was taking shape.

Minnie decorated her fairyland by pushing the silk flowers into the play dough

She added shells to make steps for the fairies, & made a pink "soft armchair" for them to rest in the garden.

Even Snow White was invited to visit!

The flowers were great for playing 'hide & seek'

These 'egg carton worlds' have encouraged so much imaginative, creative, & sensory play & discovery.

They've been a big hit with Minnie, & her friends, & are so simple & frugal to create with a few small world play figures, & some bits from your home/garden. The best thing is that these egg cartons can be carefully folded (using the sand half as the base) & stored to be used at a later date. The contents can be stored inside, although obviously the greenery will have to be replaced.