Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Harvest Sensory Play: Crops & Play Dough

We're celebrating Harvest this week with farm play dough, perfect for sowing & harvesting crops!


This is a great activity if you have a variety of coloured play dough that's become mixed. Just keep blending the colours together until they become a nice muddy brown colour! If the play dough is too light just add more green / blue to the mix.

First Minnie explored the farm play dough with a tractor, which was a great way to discover the imprints & patterns created by the tyres.


Then using paint/dough rollers from the Early Learning Centre, Minnie rolled patterns into the dough.


We chatted about the tractors & ploughs we had recently seen on nearby fields, & what the fields had looked like after ploughing. Minnie then ploughed her 'field' with a roller & sowed her crops (butter beans & oats).


Later she added oats & wheat to the dough.



I love adding natural objects like this to small world play, they're great to explore & encourage so much imaginative play.



Soon the farmer's field was packed with crops! There was no time to spare though, harvesting time was just around the corner...


 This set up has been great for exploring textures, the natural world, seasons, & food, manipulation of small objects, creativity & imaginative play.


Minnie has returned to this several times, & talks about farming & harvest alongside her play. I also used this recently as an activity for our toddler group & it proved to be a big hit there too. The children loved planting & harvesting the wheat & oats with the play dough, & took such great care as they did so.

My little farmer is still ploughing & planting, I wonder what crops she'll be growing next? ;-)


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