“Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.” ~Josephine Demott Robinson
After we spent a couple of afternoons at the stables with Jessie Mare, we still hadn’t had enough! The smalls still asked everyday to go see Jessie. Since we couldn’t go out there everyday, we brought the stables into our very own kitchen! It was really very simple and provided many hours of horseplay!
We started out by dividing our sensory table into two spaces…a meadow, and a riding arena. We used wood chips for the arena…
We used yarn for the meadow, which the smalls helped to cut up…
We made our jumps out of lego blocks. We got help making those from my teenager Emily! She made them nice and sturdy so the horses wouldn’t knock them over easily.
And then came the most important ingredient…
And then the play began in earnest.
And boy, oh boy, could those horses jump!!
It was as if they had grown wings!
This small world activity was a complete success with all the ages of children in my home…from under 2 to 7!
And yes, the wood chips will get in your yarn meadow. No doubt about it. But remember, the smalls don’t mind…only us grown-ups get worked up about that! It was hard to watch the little flakes of wood get mixed up in the yarn, but I had to let it go and let them have fun!
If you don’t have a sensory table to set up this activity, that’s quite alright too! You could make it in a shoebox, a plastic bin, or a cardboard box! We made it in the big table because we have so many friends who want to play with it all at the same time!!
We sure hope your wee ones get to enjoy their own small world stables sometime…it really is fun! And when you’re finished, you can pack it away in big ziplock bags and bring it out when you feel like playing. Or even better, if you build it in a bin with a lid, it can slide under a bed and come out again and again without any prep time!
Thanks for stopping by!
~Arlee, Small Potatoes