Farm Sensory Bins
Hands-On Play Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers
Preschool Discovery Table: Farm Learning Fun!
I enjoy making a theme table for him to explore for each letter and this week I decided to use our big red barn and animals to encourage more letter F talk. Of course every them in our house has to have a sensory bin to go along with it. Usually, my theme starts with making a great new bin and then I build toys and activities around that bin. We just really love bins here and I know I won’t have tons of years to use them so I might as well do it now! Simple farm sensory bins are easy to set up! Use what you have and create one so simply!
After he went to school, I felt rather motivated to put out this older style Melissa & Doug fold and go red barn he had not seen before as well as a tractor and (harvester?) that was new to us (very exciting). Of course from there I decided to collect some farm books, puzzles, and finger puppets, print out some activities and make some trays. My husband and I also decided that a family trip to a great working farm would be the perfect end to a farm themed week of play! In a matter of a couple of hours, I had it all together. You can see he chose to decorate a letter F (Confessions of A Homeschooler) with farm animal stamps!
I decided that to just leave out a bin of beans for him and let him do what he wanted with it. I added a couple scoops, buckets, a container of animals and vehicles and left it all for him to see what he could come up with and hopefully occupy himself a little bit!He was pretty excited and went right to work filling and dumping, bulldozing and excavating and arranging animals. Well, this isn’t exactly a true farm sensory bin, but he did a great job imagining it was one. We also had some great discussions about what animals do live on a farm!
He used the tractor and muffin to sort beans and practice fine motor skills with his finger grasps! We even did some counting too. Together, we made some patterns of our own with pattern blocks and did tons of imaginary play with finger puppets!
Ended the week with a little bit of story play in the rice bin for a super simple activity. I was hoping to find my Old MacDonald book (since I just had it two days ago but it went missing!). Click on the photo to see how we set this one up!