The weather has been pretty shocking as of late. Today I feel that we have had 4 seasons in a day; we started with snow, which turned to rain, then perfect sunshine, and finally it was blowing a gale by this afternoon. We spent the afternoon enjoying a farmyard sensory tray while the wind was howling around us.

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To make your own farmyard sensory tray you will need:

  • Tray*
  • Small world farm yard animals
  • Cocoa power
  • Water
  • Oats
  • Couscous
  • Green colouring
  • Tractor

* The tray I use is from Ikea. It is great and has lots of different segments.

For the set up I filled the bottom of one section with cocoa powder and water to create mud. Another one had green coloured couscous in, and another just oats. In the remaining parts I added the different animals, other items you might find on a farm, a tractor, and cut up some loo rolls to use as hay bails or whatever BB wanted them to be.

The farmyard sensory tray was set up on the table to play with after snack.

farmyard sensory tray

I thought that we would probably get 15 mins playtime with it. How wrong I was. We played with it together for about 45 minutes, then added a water bowl for BB to wash the animals after they had been in the mud, which kept him entertained for another 15-20 minutes.

farmyard sensory tray

Normally I leave these sensory trays out for them all to play with when they feel like it. Because this one contained food, I cleaned it up. I would have like to keep the coloured couscous and reused it. But BB had filled that part with water (which is obviously fine, it was all part of his play) so it needed to thrown out.

If you enjoyed this farmyard sensory tray be sure to check out my Easter sensory tray and exploring patterns with mirrors activities.

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farmyard sensory tray for toddlers and preschoolers

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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