Weekend Project: Green Bushes

Weekend Project - green bushes for imaginary small world play ll An Everyday StoryHow did you go with your tree blocks? Well this weekend’s project was a little bit of a happy accident. We’re making little green bushes for small world imaginative play.

I had an idea to make some lovely soft bushes to compliment the rough texture of the tree blocks. I thought pompoms would work well; I’ve never made pompoms before, they do take a while don’t they? I was fairly happy with the result but since it didn’t look much like a pompom I tried a simpler and easier method, and they turned out great.

It’s all in the wool. Soft, fluffy, textured wool that you can imagine resembling a bush when your finish.

Then all you do is:

  • wind the wool around two fingers so you have a circle of wool
  • tie the wool together in two different places
  • now squish it all together into the shape of a bush

How to make green bushes for small world play ll An Everyday StorySimple bushes for small world imaginary play - How to from An Everyday Story Simple bushes for small world imaginary play - How to from An Everyday StorySimple bushes for small world imaginary play - How to from An Everyday StoryHow to make green bushes for small world play ll An Everyday StoryThat’s it. See I told you they were easy. And here they are all ready for play.

Small world play using natural materials from An Everyday Story Reggio small world play scene using natural materials from An Everyday Story Reggio small world play scene using natural materials from An Everyday Story Small world play scene using natural materials from An Everyday StoryBeautiful, soft little bushes.

Have a go this weekend.

6 thoughts on “Weekend Project: Green Bushes

    • I haven’t made too many of these play scenes for the kids because, well, Jack was never really interested in role-play or pretend play for quite a while. It’s only been in the last couple of months that he has really started creating his own stories and games. I’m really loving this new kind of play.

  1. I love this idea – will keep my eye out for suitable wool. May I ask where you got your natural wood rainbow from? I usually see this as a rainbow coloured Steiner material but I love the look of your natural one. Do you set up these small world plays for your kids or do they help you? Do they want you to sit on the floor and play with them? Hope you’ve been having a lovely weekend.

    • We have been having a lovely week, thank you 🙂 I bought the natural rainbow from Little Sapling Toys on Etsy. It really is beautiful, isn’t it? I love the nature wood colour too.
      I set this scene up for them. Usually I’ll set up something a little simpler with baskets of blocks or wooden people or whatever around so they can add to it as they play. I find that if I set up something early in the week, then Jack will go back to play there throughout the week changing and building upon what I started with. It’s like a little inspiration for him 🙂 i’ll often play with them but they are just as happy to play by themselves. I do find though that the more I play with them, the more intricate their stories become and the more they play independently, if that makes sense.

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