Today we had a nature themed set up. We’d been for a walk in the woods recently and while we were there we collected some leaves, fircones and sticks. I put them together to create a very easy but entertaining sensory bin.
My daughter loves her little peg people (more detailed post about them to come!) and so we made nature homes for them. I found a lovely wooden hamster house in our local pet store and I’ve been desperate to use it in something. Turns out the peg people fit into it perfectly!
We just added the collected natural items and some leaves for the floor. Oh and some adorable little crochet trees (handmade by myself – link at the bottom!).
This was really easy to set up but kept Lottie amused for ages. Especially when she discovered she could take the roof off the house and see the peg people inside!
We also had great fun using the sticks to push the fircones along the floor. We raced each other and Lottie loved it. It was great for developing her fine motor control (and a bit of competitiveness too!).
Supplies and Suppliers:
Assorted leaves, sticks, fircones etc
Peg people or dolls house people
Crochet trees: www.littlelottielouise.co.uk
Hamster house: http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/feature/woodlands-homes-tunnels/woodlands-pickles-cottage
PD: sensory exploration, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, co-ordination, control
UW: imaginative play, exploring the world, plants
This is a relatively easy set up but one that we use time and time again.
We used a fake grass mat (link in the suppliers list), a bit of blue felt cut into a pond shape and our farm and animals to make up this small world play. It’s very quick and easy to set up!
We also have two of these ‘pens’ set up for various animals to go in (don’t ask me why there’s a pig, sheep and brown bear in there together…that’s the mind of an almost 2 year old for you!).
They came from an idea I saw on Facebook a while ago (I don’t have the link so can’t credit the original source) and are made from plant pot holders from Tiger (link in the suppliers list) with a bit of fake grass cut to size in the bottom. I bought the grass from eBay, it’s a sample sized piece from a garden supplies shop. It only cost a few pounds and it worked out to be just the right size – more by luck than judgement there I have to say!
Anyway, hugely fun and easy to set up. We spent ages naming the animals, making the appropriate animal noises, role playing feeding them… and demolishing the roof of the barn (or course!).
Supplies and Suppliers:
Scrap of blue felt
Toy animals (ours are Holztiger)
Farm buildings/toy farm
Grass mat – http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/synthetic-garden-turf-tile—70-x-100cm-375020
Tiger plant pot holder – there isn’t a product link on the website but this is the company https://gb.flyingtiger.com/en-GB
Scraps of fake grass
CL: communicating, speaking
PD: sensory exploration
UW: imaginative play, animals