Small Worlds

Source Institutions

Source Institutions

Add to list Go to activity
Activity link broken? See if it's at the internet archive
This is a simple activity fully driven by imagination. Using materials from the home, toys, or items from nature, learners create their own world to play with. The activity includes a time and age recommendation, a materials list, step-by-step set up instructions, tips for adults, learning and skills connections, and a note about doing STEAM with kids.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Materials are determined by what is available around the home.
  • Possible material: Pinecones
  • Possible material: Leaves or pine needles
  • Possible material: Sticks
  • Possible material: Seashells
  • Possible material: Rocks
  • Possible material: Fabric scraps of many colors and textures (napkins, rags, etc.)
  • Possible material: Small cars
  • Possible material: Blocks
  • Possible material: Building toys (LEGO, K'Nex, magnetic tiles, etc.)
  • Possible material: Coasters
  • Possible material: Compact or other small mirrors
  • Possible material: Small plastic toys to live in your world (animals, dolls, action figures, etc.)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Model Building


Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Boston Children's Museum, 2021