The Spring season is always one of our favorites times to learn about farms!
The ground is finally thawing out and getting ready to be planted and the new baby animals are making their appearances.
Since the weather has finally started to warm up a bit here, even though that warmer weather has brought some rain, we put together a fun farm themed sensory activity this week that kept the preschooler (4) and his little sister (2) entertained for quite some time.
With the many sensory issues that the preschooler has, introducing him to new textures both ones that he can feel and in food, has always been a struggle.
Once we started making and inviting him to play in various different sensory bins, this actually became a much easier battle.
Now that the 2 year old has reached the point where she no longer tries to stick everything she touches in her mouth, we decided to get her involved as well and I think, she wound up enjoying the bin even more than her brother did.
This farm animal round up bin is really one of the easiest that you could make.
The main filler for our bin is just a mixture of 2 different colors of rice. We decided to go with 2 different shades of green to mimic the look of grass on the farm, although I know, one really looks yellow in the photos.
If you end up waiting a little bit until the grass actually starts growing outside, you’d could easily use some real grass rather than rice in your bin.
For the farm animals, since the 2 year old was joining us, we grabbed one of our chunky wooden farm puzzles and buried all of the farm animal pieces in the rice.
The idea is that the toddler would dig through the rice and to find all of the animals that were missing from the farm and then return them to their proper spot on the puzzle board.
That simple game wound up being a huge hit with both kids and they spent more than an hour finding the animals just to return them to the rice to hide for each other.
If your little ones get tired of searching for the animals, you could use those same pieces to set up a farm scene for your toddler to play with or even remove them and add a few simple cups and bowls or spoons. Learning to scoop and pour is such a great activity for those fine motor skills and so much fun!