We are 6 weeks into our A-Z Sensory Play series. Today’s letter is F. As my son is currently into all things animals, we decided to create an F is for Farm Sensory Bin. As you will see, we added some sorting and more fun learning activities to spice things up.
I looked in our breakfast cereal cupboard to see what items I could use. I filled our usual green sensory bin with Multi Grain Hoop cereal, Alpha-Bits and Malt Wheat cereal. To separate the fields, I used Kit-Kat chocolate biscuits which I obviously had to eat pieces off to get them to fit!
I then raided my sons toy basket to find any sheep, cows, pigs, horses and farm workers. We had a selection of plastic and wooden toys from different play sets. These were placed on the table along with a farm house and the sensory bin.
The object of the activity was to see if my son could sort the farm animals and place them into the correct field. He placed each of the animals into a field and then spent time placing each animal where it belonged. The farm workers were placed into the farm house.
I am surprised that the poor animals had any field left. My son kept nibbling on the different cereals throughout their play. Each animal placed into the sensory bin obviously had to be celebrated with a handful of cereal!
The activity created lots of discussion about where animals live, how farmers take care of animals and what animals eat. My son wanted to make each animal noise and created a mini role play scenario where the animals were talking to each other.
Once the animals were in their correct field my son decided to remove the farm animals and repeat the activity again. He wanted to see if he could complete the activity quicker – which he did.