Farming Sensory Tray Fun

We have been learning all about Harvest and Farming here in my childminding service and the children have had lots of fun making scarecrows, playing with our miniature farm and printing with vegetables. One thing that they really enjoyed was a little sensory tray that I made up for them using some black eyed beans and a few of the animals, the tractor, the farmer and his wheelbarrow and a few scoops (and a watermelon slice added by my son!). The children had a great time running their fingers through the beans, scooping them into the mini wheelbarrow and pushing the little tractor through them… so much fun from┬ásuch a simple activity.


If you decide to make a similar sensory tray yourself please make sure that you supervise your wee one whilst they play…. the beans are a choking hazard.

Have fun :0)

Fun Day Monday

Hi there…. as another week begins lets think about having some fun….

This week we’d like to share another letter identification activity which is very easy to set up and is great fun to do.

For this activity you will need:

  • Magnetic letters – you can use as many or as few as you want depending on your little one’s ability to identify the letters
  • A bowl – a washing up bowl would be ideal
  • Popping corn or rice
  • Cards with letters printed on them – you could trace round the magnetic letters to help your little one match them

and all you need to do is:

  • Fill the bowl with the popping corn or rice and the magnetic letters
  • Hand your little one the cards with the letters on and show them how to search for the letters in the corn to match them up with the letter on the card
  • Get your little one to tell you which letter they have found as they match them up
  • To extend this activity you could get your little one to tell you a word that starts with that letter EG. I found an “M”, “M” is for “mummy”
  • You could also get your little one to identify the letters in their own name and spell their name out


Fun Day Monday

Fancy a messy activity today? Here is an idea that you can try with your little one but be prepared for some tidying up afterwards!

For today’s activity you will need:

  • A big bowl – preferably one that isn’t glass
  • Jelly mixture
  • Magnetic numbers, letters or small animals (this depends on your child’s ability in recognising numbers/ letters/ animals)
  • Tongs, a spoon, a scoop
  • A cloth to put down on the floor

And all you need to do is:

  • Make up the jelly mixture according to the packet instructions and pour some into the bowl
  • Place some of the letters/ numbers/ animals into the jelly mixture and allow to set
  • Make up more jelly mixture and pour into the bowl with more letters/ numbers/ animals in it and allow to set
  • Repeat until the bowl is full of jelly and the letters/ numbers/ animals
  • Now place the cloth on the floor and the bowl of jelly in the middle
  • Give your little one the tongs, spoon and scoop and get them to retrieve the different letters/ numbers/ animals.
  • Ask your child to identify what letters/ numbers/ animals they have found in the jelly


Fun Day Monday… fun with play doh

Happy Monday to you all…. I hope that you have had a good week and that you are ready for more fun and games this week.

We have been having fun with play doh in my childminding service recently which has been a great sensory experience for the children. If you don’t have pots of the play doh that you can buy you can always make your own with this simple play doh recipe:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 50g salt
  • 140ml water
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Few drops of food colouring (optional)

and all you do is:

  • Mix together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the water and oil
  • Knead well until mixture is smooth (this may take 10 minutes and you might need to add a bit more flour or water until the consistency is smooth but not sticky)
  • Add food colouring and knead until the colour is fully blended
  • Store in a plastic bag in the fridge until chilled enough to use
We got out lots of cookie cutters and different bottle caps and cut up straws to encourage imaginative play with the play doh…. the children were making birthday cakes and using the straws to make candles!
You will note that there is a mat underneath the table…. play doh is sticky stuff that can get everywhere so it’s worth taking precautions if you don’t want to be clearing it up for days!!