Friday, 25 November 2011

Small World Farm - 30 Days Play Challenge

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Today's play challenge prompt is small world play 

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!






10 comments:

  1. I love all the colours and textures in your farm. I've including this idea in our weekly Play Planner round-up - hope that's OK with you :)

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  2. I just showed this to Wilson and asked him which was his favourite. He said he couldn't choose between them because they are all too nice.

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  3. Hi Cathy, thanks so much for featuring this - means a lot because I love your blog!

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  4. Think Wilson is being a little charmer (as usual) - you guys should come over and play sometime soon x

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  5. What a cute, fun, clever idea! =-) I also wanted to invite you to link up at mY TGIF linky party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties
    Beth =-)

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  6. i love your mini farm, what a great idea, my son would adore this.

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  7. So cute. Looks like fun to explore. Thanks for linking up to Monday Madness.

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  8. What fun!! I just shared this on my counting coconuts facebook page. :)

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  9. Hi, I'm brand new to your blog. I found you through Counting Coconut's Post on fb. Wonderful, creative ideas here! I can't wait to browse more posts, later. Thanks for sharing!

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