Our Small World Play Mats are designed to encourage children to use their imaginations and come up with stories using their own real-life experiences of the world around them or tapping into a fantasy world that not even the best fiction writers could invent.


Reversible Green/Grey Play Mat measures 45cm diameter and is made from 3mm felt.


African Animal reversible Grey Plat Mat measures 45 cm and is made from varigated fur fabric on one side to also offer a sensory experiences during play and 3mm felt on the other that can be used for other small world play.


Grey Play mat measures 45cm diameter and is made from 3mm felt.


Polar Play Mat measure 70cm x 50 cm and is made from white toggle to mimic the look of snow and is a great sensory advantage during play.


Our small world play mats can be used by themselves, by adding our Imaginative Resources or using anything that can represent the real world and that can be used in play.


Benefits from using our small world play mats include but are not limited to:


  • Encourages and builds imaginations
  • Promotes creative and abstract thinking
  • Expands growing language skills
  • Explores new vocabulary to organise ideas
  • Develops/encourages story telling skills to narrate their adventures
  • Encourages role play where children can re-enact real life scenarios
  • Playing independently
  • Social Development – when children play together, this Imagination Station encourages children to share, communicate with each other, and devise roles between themselves. 
  • Problem Solving – resolving issues develops an awareness of feelings and allows children to learn about consequences of actions and will support children to respect each other and the ideas that are shared.
  • They are fun
  • Explore new materials
  • Explore the world we live in


Learning Outcome 4.1 - Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination, and reflexivity.


When we provide learning environments that are flexible and open-ended children are able to use play to investigate, imagine and explore their own ideas. 


Children are able to participate in both individual and collaborative explorative learning processes to develop understandings of themselves and their world through active, hands-on investigation.


Through this activity we are able to recognise and value children’s involvement in learning as they are able to initiate and contribute to play experiences emerging from their own ideas. 

Small World Play Mats