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Small worlds

Organising small-scale train or road layouts, dolls houses or farms, gives children the opportunity to:

  • make choices and direct outcomes;
  • plan, organise and take charge;
  • become skilful with their fingers, as they manipulate small objects;
  • form mathematical concepts of sets, as they sort the pigs from the horses in the farm or the kitchen furniture from the bedroom furniture in the dolls house; and
  • create worlds of their own, in which they can act out their present understanding of the real world.