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Cardboard Village Small World


Cardboard Village Small World


I have my lovely friend Emma joining us today with her lovely little boy Louie. Emma is a key worker so is still working through lock down for 3 days a week. During her time at home she is always doing such wonderful activities with Louie.

She invited me over and I just had to film this wonderful activity that had been keeping Louie busy this week. His very own Cardboard Village Small World. Emma joined us over Christmas and shared a lovely craft with us so I am delighted to have her back today.

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Cardboard Village Small World


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Emma works in a busy Nursery where she plans activities for the children in her class. When she is home the creativity doesn't stop there. She grabbed a cardboard box and set about making a village using a black Sharpie pen.


Cardboard Village Small World



We made a village in a cardboard shoe box a year or so ago now. The boys really enjoyed zooming the cars on the road and I did say I must do a larger one now they are bigger. This has completely inspired me to do just this!

There is so much that you could incorporate in your design which would make this a real fabulous learning experience. From labelling buildings, identifying numbers on the traffic.


Cardboard Village Small World


All you need is cardboard. Think about all the buildings in your area that you can include. Places your child is likely to visit, places they are aware of - make it fun and meaningful. Add labels to the buildings and destinations on your cardboard small world. Child start taking notice of text and numbers from a young age.

You could even look at printing off some logos of places such as supermarkets, fast food chains such as McDonalds - children recognise logos and begin reading them as their first stage of reading. How many times have you walked or driven past a place such as McDonalds and your children have started shouting "MCDONALDS!" They see the lego and straight away know what the place is called.

This is a great way to start boosting their confidence and attitude towards reading/text.


Cardboard Village Small World


I really love the ramp that Emma created in her set up! Children love exploring the cause and effect of letting the cars go at the top and watching them whiz down!

Places to consider adding -
  • A Car Wash
  • A Hospital
  • A Fire Station 
  • A Library 
  • Friends and Family Houses
  • School
  • Shops
  • The Doctors
  • The Dentist
  • Your Home
  • Places of Worship
  • Pubs
  • Nurseries
  • Hair Salons/Barbers
  • Museums
  • Resturants
  • Chemist
  • Park
  • Woodland
What other places can you think of?


Cardboard Village Small World


Lets see this activity in action:




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I really love activities that are simple to make and use recycled materials like this. There are so many lovely options and outcomes and you can really tailor it to the interests of your children. 

Only have a shoe box? That's fine - you can create a small world like this on a smaller scale like we did here - 


Cardboard Village Small World

Are you inspired to try something like this? Take a photo and send across to us your creations! I would love to add more inspiration and ideas to this post for others to see.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Emma and Louie for sharing their lovely activity with us today and I look forward to having them back sharing ideas with us again soon.


Cardboard Village Small World




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