A farm theme is one that is always a hit with the kids – no matter what their age! We have a range of farm activities that we love to do and setting up a farm sensory bin is always part of our farm theme. I set up this farm sensory bin last week and the kids are still playing with it today (although it looks a bit messier than when we began!).
While I call it a bin, some people refer to it as a sensory table as well. In my mind, this can be made in a tub or on a tabletop or anywhere that you have the space to create it and make it work. As long as your child can function and play with it, it’s certain to be a hit!
Farm Sensory Bin
One of the nice things about this farm sensory bin is that you can use many of the toys that you already have. We use our Little People farm set (one of the best toys we own – we use it for so many activities!) but other farm animals and toys will work too.
- Plastic container – I used this one
- Little People Farm Animals and accessories
- Small container
- Plastic fork and spoon
- Dry lentils
- Dry Chickpeas
- Yellow & Green Split Peas
- Rolled Oats
How to set up your farm sensory bin
To get started, you will need to spread out your lentils, peas, and oats as shown in the pictures. Keep your chickpeas for now, as we will use them as ‘seeds’ to be planted.
Add your farm animals and accessories
Place the chickpeas in a small container (these are your seeds) and place the spoon and fork in the farm (these will be used as farm tools).
How we played with our farm sensory bin
This was definitely one of our more popular sensory bins that we have created lately and it inspired a lot of different types of play.
We scooped and raked
We filled up our wagon.
We decided that the seeds were now feed for the animals and there was a whole dramatic play story going on about caring for the farm animals!
And we also opened a farm store!
This activity encouraged a lot of pretend play. We had an impromptu version of ‘Old MacDonald’ that led to a sing-along of 5 little ducks as well! It’s always great to expand on any kind of play with the introduction of songs and there are plenty of books that go really well with this activity too.
I hope your children have as much fun playing with the farm sensory table as mine did! It’s one indoor activity that keeps children engaged and active for hours.
I can’t tell you how much fun this is and they’re going to love it as well!
More sensory play activities to check out: