Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Another Chicken World

"I just laid an egg!"
We haven't done any little world play in ages. The lovely Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons reminded me of all our little world play and I got inspired to set something up for Boo.

As it is Easter I got out all the ingredients for a Chicken World.... a shoebox lid, a batch of light green playdough (recipe at the end of the post), a box of little Easter chicks, a handful of bottletops, matchsticks, beads and little pieces of tissue paper for chicken food.


We started off filling the shoebox lid with playdough. Boo pushed all the matchsticks into the playdough creating fences to keep the chickens in. She gave them little beds (bottle tops) and put them to bed.... and then the chickens got hungry. We fed them beads and tissue paper from a small bowl – so delicious for fuzzy chicks.


Chickens in bed
The packaging on the box of chickens had pictures of eggs and flowers. We cut them out and popped them into the little world. Both Cakey and Boo loved playing with this little world. It is still on the dining room table. The playdough has gone a little crusty but the chicks are happy – they are well fed and loved.

The farmer is checking on the chickens

Playdough recipe: 2 cups of plain flour, half cup of table salt (not cooking salt, it will make the playdough grainy), 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix the ingredients with 1 and a 1/3  cups of boiling water coloured with food colouring. Knead with a little extra flour.

If your kids like little world play they might like these activities:

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14 comments:

  1. Our cat has been chasing our {pretend} chickens today! I love that you have coloured ones - ours are only yellow.

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    1. The coloured chicks only started being available a couple of years ago (as far as I know anyway).... I love them too but of course there are fights over the pink ones!!!!

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    1. Thank you and thanks for visiting.

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  3. That is just to cute! I keep looking at those little fuzzy chicks and wondering what I could do with them...now I know and it shall be a weekend project....thank you for sharing Ali!!

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    1. I hope it goes well Jode and the girls have fun.

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  4. I love this!! We bought baby chicks from Tesco today so definitely going to do this when Ollie gets off school on Wednesday :)

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    1. I hope you both enjoy creating your own chicken world, Easter chicks are just so cute. Thanks for visiting :)

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  5. Great idea - we have loads of spare little chicks sitting around the place - I bet they'd love to come out and play!

    I have featured this on the Sunday Showcase - imaginative play ideas: http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/03/30/the-sunday-showcase-imaginative-play.html

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring our chicken world Rebecca. You have made my day.

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  6. Chook would really enjoy this activity! I stopped buying the chicks but this gives a new lease of life to them :)

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    1. Thanks so much Amie, I hope Chook has fun.

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  7. What an ADORABLE idea! I did this with my 7 year old daughter this week. We even made a chicken "playground". It was so much fun! She loves it. I l adore having traditions with my family and I think making "chicken worlds" might be a new Spring tradition! Thanks SO much for the idea :)

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    1. You are very welcome Jennifer. So lovely to hear that your daughter enjoyed it. A chicken playground sounds awesome.

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