I'm not sure how, but we actually managed to get in some Tot School activities this week! We visited a local petting zoo on Saturday for some family time, and we all an awesome time! The Toddler loved it so much, I knew I had to include some farm animal themed toddler activities!
Actually, it has really inspired me to sit down and rethink this whole fly by the seat of my pants approach I have been having towards tot school. In fact, I'm getting organised and making my own 'curriculum'! Putting together printables, activities, and planning, planning, planning - all with Montessori in the background! I'll share more on this in a later post though once I have a more thorough plan and life settles down a little bit. For now, let's get onto the good stuff... a few farm themed toddler activities we worked on this week:
Farm Themed Toddler Sensory bin 1
I used coffee grinds for the pig stall. The Toddler loved smelling it and putting his fingers in it. The chicken got a small pile of oats to eat. I used some of our chocolate 'mud' playdough and a few rosemary branches for some trees. I loved how this sensory bin was filled with so many different smells as well as items to touch!
Versions 2 & 3 Farmland Sensory Activities
I simply set these up on the Toddler's high chair, using more farm animals, and out rosemary + mud playdough combination.
So... how did we make the dough?
Homemade 'mud' play dough
First of all, let me just say that this playdough smelled delicious! So much so that the Toddler was convinced that it was food. I usually don't have to worry about him putting bits and pieces into his mouth, but I did have to be pretty diligent with watching him with this play dough. I mean, if you see the ingredients list, this recipe could make an awesome cake.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1.5 tsp instant coffee
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
- 6 tsp cacao
- 3 tsp vegetable oil
- 1/2-2/3 cups water
- A small handful of dark chocolate (I used about two rectangles from a chocolate bar)
- Boil water
- Pour 1/2 cups water over coffee chocolate and mix until everything dissolves.
- Mix the dry ingredients together
- Add the water and chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients
- Add oil
- Mix. At first I used a metal whisk until it and then tested it. Be careful - don't burn yourself here.
This play dough can be stored in a cool, dark place for at least a few days, wrapped in cling film. I haven't tested how long it can keep though because well, we're moving and homemade playdough is not on the list of moving priorities. I did keep it for a few days and stored it in the fridge. I warmed it up to make it soft again. It's still cold here in the mornings, so I would simply place it on top of a heating vent in the morning (still in cling film/a little bag).