One of the things I looked forward to most about being a parent was the opportunity to engage with my children in creative ways. I have always been a creative type and sharing this love of making with my children was going to be a priority for me. Fast-forward to today – I have a wonderful daughter, Ella, 23 months, who is now more than capable of tackling a myriad of projects and activities with me. So I’ve been busy exercising my creative juices to come up with new ideas for both of us.
A month ago, I wrote my first post on my own blog about designing a creative activity for her that would compliment a real world experience. This month, I've created a farm sensory box activity to compliment Stroller Strides’ May theme: THE FARM.
Ella has a pretty good handle on farm animals and the sounds they make, but one area we’ve yet to talk much about is where the animals live. If you’re like us (meaning, have a child over a year old), you probably have just a few plastic barnyard figurines lying around the house. I gathered all of ours up, along with a shallow plastic bin, and we headed outside to construct habitats for each of the animals from items in our own backyard.
I used thin strips of cardboard (let's call them fences) to create five separate areas in the bin for varying types of natural material: grass (pasture), small twigs and pine needles (hay), dirt (mud), water bowl (pond), gravel and other ground up material (chicken pen). I then set Ella loose in our yard to gather all of the materials to make a suitable home for each of the farm animals in our collection.