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There aren’t many things more magical than having a little world of your own. The process of creating one is as wondrous as playing with it. The possibilities are endless and there no are rules to follow other than your child’s imagination. These 12 inventive small worlds will spark their creativity and turn their ideas into a storybook or fantasy come true.

What are your favorite small world play ideas for kids?

Fairy House Small World Play (via hello, Wonderful)
Find out how to build your own fairy house complete with adorable peg doll families.

Beach Small World Play (via Little Worlds)
No ocean near your part of town? You can still head to the beach with this sunny small world idea.

Dessert Sand Small World (via Crayon Box Chronicles)
Head to the high dessert and learn how to make moldable sand with just a few kitchen ingredients.

Underwater Small World (via Little Worlds)
Transport yourself under the sea with this inventive idea created under a table!

Magical Gnome Garden (via Childhood 101)
This amazing gnome garden is a fun way to set up play outdoors. Invite all your fairy friends over for some magical play.

Dinosaur Sensory Garden (via The Imagination Tree)
Here’s another creative way to play outdoors that’s sure to lead to some roar-tastic fun with your child’s favorite dino friends.

Train Small World Play (via Create With Your Hands)
For the train lover, this is an easy set up that also allows you to get creative with markers and paper.

Portable Penguin Small World (via In The Playroom)
Not only are these rock penguins adorable, they’re willing to travel and play in all the fun places your kids will go.

Dinosaurs in Sticky Mud Play (via The Craft Train)
This small dino world involves all the senses with some sticky and fun gooey homemade mud.

Small World Zoo (via Best Toys 4 Toddlers)
You don’t need to look further than your toy box or drawers to create an imaginative small world. This zoo themed one teaches you how to create a small world with everyday items.

Farm Small World Play (via Twodaloo)
Head to the farm with this awesome sensory farm set up including a barn, pond, mud and chicken hutch.

Rainforest Small World (via Crayon Box Chronicles)
Learn what a rainforest is and the ecosystem it thrives in with this sensory Amazon River Basin small world.

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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.