Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Peter Rabbit Small World {via Make, Do & Friend}

Hey guys, I'm Charlotte from Make, Do & Friend where I share creative play and imaginative learning ideas with my 2.5yo son Vincent. I know Kristina loves activities inspired by kid's books so I'm really excited to be sharing a little storytime sensory tub with you guys today.

Peter Rabbit Small World Play

We recently read 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter and fell in love with the gorgeous illustrations and mischievous characters. I loved these stories when I was little (my mom still calls me 'Flopsy Bunny' despite the fact I'm in my mid twenties with a kid of my own now!)

I decided to put together a garden tub inspired by the story...

Peter Rabbit Puppet for Imaginative Play

I had hopes of finding a little Peter Rabbit toy to go with this tub, but as is always the way, I couldn't find one when I needed it (no doubt I will come across a hundred now!) - instead I copied out one of the pictures and made a little puppet prop for some creative retelling.

Peter Rabbit Sensory Tub Activity

I covered our tub with brown parcel paper and filled it with soil, then we went on a hunt for some gardening props and tools - we live in a second floor flat with not so much as a window box, so this was quite a feat!

Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Sensory Tub

I had some packets of seeds and beans that we planted in rows (using a coffee stirrer as plant beds) - the owner of our local garden centre gave us the tiny terracotta pots when I mentioned I was buying the soil to make a play garden, perfect for little bunnies to hide in!

Peter Rabbit Activity for Toddlers

A teeny wheelbarrow from our Construction Site Small World and some brass buttons (in the story Peter gets the buttons of his jacket caught in a fence as he is trying to escape Mr McGregor!)

Peter Rabbit Play Ideas

"...but his sobs were overheard by some friendly birds, who flew to him in great excitement and implored him to exert himself."

Peter Rabbit Small World

I hope you liked our playtime friends - you can check out our other Story Playtimes here. What's your favourite way to bring a beloved book to life?


Charlotte is a twenty-something mum to Little Vin, early years childminder, playdough maker and believer in the power of playdates. Check out the fun over at Make, Do & Friend, on Facebook, TwitterG+ & Pinterest

Isn't Charlotte's post adorable? I would probably have just as much fun with this small world play activity as my son or daughter! Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas with us! 

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  1. This is awesome, Charlotte! We love story boxes too.

  2. How old are your children? I cannot get my 5 and 3 year old to sit through Peter Rabbit.

  3. Wow Charlotte I always love your ideas!!!!

  4. Hi again
    I totally love your Peter Rabbit Garden
    It is amazing!

  5. Hi
    Again I love your ideas! The Peter Rabbit garden is way too cute for words
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Love it


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