With the start of Summer and outdoor weather, I thought the sensory box would be put away for awhile. But alas, Rain-a-geddon ensued so we needed to find some new indoor fun. Or rather, just upgrade some fun. Last Summer I built Matthew this barn and farm, and I added a sensory box and toddler-approved game this year.
- Popcorn for the base (already had)
- Schleich animals (our animal of choice)
- Tractor (a gift from Grandma!)
- “Hay bales” (TP tubes cut in half)
- “Stables” (Melissa and Doug play food crates)
- Mini scoop (already had)
Total Cost: Free
** I already had all the materials, but I suspect you’d be able to put this together for around $10-$12. A large jar of popcorn kernels runs about $3 at Walmart, and these animals are also a good choice.)
1. Sheep in a Jeep. Matty is obsessed with jeeps right now. Sheep in a jeep? Oh my. It’s on constant repeat around here.
2. Let’s Go To the Farm. We have two copies of this book. Both gifts. Both givers know a little something about kids. We’ve read this book at least a few times a week for the past year (at least). It’s a lift-the-flap book, so we keep a copy in the car for road trips or restaurants.
3. Chicks and Salsa. I had to review this book for a college class years ago, and I loved it. It’s hilarious. I didn’t quite know if Matty would get it, but I guess it really is all about how excited the reader is, because it’s one of his favorites now, too.
- Try these Montessori inspired nomenclature cards.
- Matty is loving this farm-themed game on the Kindle. We’ve been traveling a lot–so he’s soaking up the app time lately. He’s actually learning too–he surprised me the other day by pointing to a picture of a moon and saying “creshent” (crescent). Play on, Buddy. Play on.
- Of course, we listened to Old MacDonald a lot. A lot. We have this download with this version of OMD, which gets a little silly at the end.
- Farm Picture. I printed two each of a variety of farm-themed coloring sheets. I cut out certain parts of the picture, such as the tractor, barn, animals, and crops, and colored 1 copy. On a large sheet of paper, I glued the remaining uncolored copy. Then we matched and glued the colored parts onto the uncolored outline of the pictures.
He’s still loving farms and farm animals (and tractors!!!)–any recommended activities?