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.
Later she added oats & wheat to the dough.
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? ;-)