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Wild West Small World Play

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I was so inspired by our Peter and The Wolf Small World Play idea, that I couldn't wait to share another! With just a few quick changes, we transformed our Peter and the Wolf Small World into a Wild West Small World Play complete with Cowboys and Indians for my little buckaroos to play with. The boys loved playing with this new little world.

Wild West Small World Play with Cowboys, Indians, and Wild Horses. So fun!



  • Small plastic animals (I rounded up all of the horses and cows I could find in our house)
  • Plastic Cowboys or homesteaders (I used the cowboy from the Lincoln Logs set and a few from the Jamestown Settlers TOOB. However, there is a Wild West TOOB that would be perfect.)
  • Plastic Native Americans (I used our Powhatan Indians TOOB)
  • Lincoln Logs (for the house and the fence)
  • Large piece of tan felt or fabric
  • Watering Hole/Pond (small piece of blue felt)
  • Plastic rocks (from our dinosaur play set)
  • Lego flowers/plants

Wild West Small World Play

To start, I placed the large piece of tan felt on a table. I carefully moved the log cabin made out of Lincoln Logs that my oldest made for our other small world.

Log Cabin made out of Lincoln Logs for Small World Play

We also made a corral for the cowboys to place the animals in that they round up.

corral for small world play made out of Lincoln Logs

Next, we added the paper teepees the kids made last year during our second grade curriculum on the table. These are simple to make--cut a circle in half, decorate, and wrap it around until it makes a cone shape. Then, if you'd like, glue some sticks at the top to look like the poles that hold the teepee up. I placed the plastic Native Americans by the teepees and the watering hole.

Native American Small World Play

That's it--now it's time to play!


This post is part of the Small World Pretend Play Ideas from A to Z series hosted by Still Playing School. You can check out the other fabulous small world ideas by clicking the image below.

Small World Pretend Play Ideas from A-Z series

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This looks so fun! I love the log cabins and the teepees. (Don't tell but I think I would want to play with this one too, lol!)