My boys love to play with toy animals, especially Gresham who is our biggest animal fan. We’ve built up a pretty good collection of Schleich animals over the years, and those see almost daily use. The boys have also recently discovered Safari Toob animals – the ones that come in a clear plastic tube. Their small size makes them great for playing and collecting and carrying around in pockets.
We had plenty of cardboard boxes leftover from Christmas, so I created a large square by duct taping some pieces of cardboard together. I made a construction paper “river” and covered it with clear packing tape. The tape makes it look more like water, and it also makes the river a little more durable.
Then I used Tacky Glue and felt to cover the rest of the cardboard.
We made a cave for the animals out of the bottom of a plastic juice bottle. My husband cut the bottom off of the bottle with a utility knife and then cut an opening in the side. I covered the cave with brown felt.
It made a perfect cave for the tiger cubs!
We added some river rocks and real sticks for the beaver to build a dam out of.
Gresham was thrilled with the finished product!
More ways to play with toy animals:
- Play outside in the grass or sand
- Set them up in a potted plant
- Play in the bathtub – our boys like to float them on a wooden board for a raft
- Spread out a blanket to be an “ocean”
I love simple childhood fun!