This week is farm week, which we kick started by taking a trip to a local working farm (you can read about that here).
On the way home we passed a tractor that was cutting down the crops in a farmer’s field, which was the inspiration for this sensory activity.
What you will need:
- A tray
- Porridge oats
- Toy tractors (we decided to use some with trailers)
I filled a tray with porridge oats and added a few different tractors. We all had so much fun filling up the trailers with oats, then driving them up and down the tray.
This activity was a great way of showing Elijah (11 months) textures and matching up actions to words. I talked to him about how the oats felt rough, then picked up the oats and sprinkled them back into the tray while I said ‘sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle’.
This activity is great for opening up a conversation with a toddler about where our food comes from. I explained to Oliver (2 years) that farmers sow their crops in the spring, let them grow through the summer and then harvest them in the autumn. I explained how wheat is used to grind into flour, which is used to make our bread and then talked about what other foods a farmer could grow for us to eat.
*Note: This activity isn’t edible. All sensory activities, including this one should be supervised at all times. Neither I nor Our Fairytale Adventure hold any responsibility for any accident or injury caused while taking part in this sensory activity.