We're adjusting back into our normal routine after being away from home 🏠 for a bit, so I decided to keep it simple with some all-ages friendly sensory play. This one is perfect if your little one is still taste-testing or if they're not a big fan of getting their hands dirty. Our Felt Farm sensory bin is inspired by an old post from @amummycancreate that I've had bookmarked forever 😍!
To create this sensory bin, I cut slips of yellow and blue felt to create hay and water. I added some coffee bins ☕️ as the mud to add some texture variation but you could use 💡 brown felt, crumpled paper, cornmeal, oatmeal, or baby cereal. I added our farm animals 🐮🐷🐴 and let E (18M) start exploring! Small world sensory play is still new for E as she's just starting to understand imaginative play so I purposefully played and modeled along with her. We rolled and hid the pig in the mud, made many animals sounds (Moo is her favorite 😂), and made the horse trot in through the hay.
We connected the our small world with the time when E recently visited a farm with her grandparents 👴🏼👵🏼 (talking through prior experiences to builds background knowledge). E's favorite part was grabbing handfuls of coffee beans to dump out onto the messy mat (see video 🎥), but that's totally okay with me 🤷🏻♀️. After our small world play, the materials went into E's pots and pans and turned into spaghetti 🍝. Ahh...the life of a toddler 🙌🏼😂.
P.S. Don't forget to supervise and guide your child while they explore!