I put together a little farm for the kiddos to explore with their animals.
I wrapped a deep tray (the -ahem- cat litter box we used during our science investigation earlier in the week) in brown paper to hide the blue plastic
I wanted to use some sort of divider to separate the different sensory elements, like fields on a real farm - I had these vegetable trays in the craft stash that we mostly use as paint palettes, they're not too deep and slotted in nicely together in the larger tray
For the 'field' tray I used green split peas from our Autumn Sensory Tub
(yes, I hand picked out all the lentils - that's called Dedication to Play)
The 'pig-pen' filler is superfine potting soil, with a few conkers thrown in as rocks
the 'horses paddock' is filled with some of our Homemade Moon Sand and crushed up Shreddies (to look a bit straw like?)
I made a feeding trough out of an egg carton and filled it with some more peas and some green bean seeds I know I am never going to get round to planting
I cut some leaf shapes out of old seed packets and blu-tacked them to the side of the box to look like bushes and climbing plants
I loved that the tray can come out and be payed with separately (of course that didn't happen, within minutes there was soil in the sand)
I've never done a small world before (intentionally anyway) and this was such good fun, I think my Secret Santa will be getting a beach themed one!