To continue with our theme of farm week, I decided to do a farm animal messy play.
Originally I thought of pigs in mud and had thought of using compost and water, but as the baby is insistent on eating everything I decided to make up a batch of mud using ingredients from the kitchen. I then found lots of different schleich farm animals in stock at a local Mothercare and decided to mix it up a bit and have various different farm animals instead of just pigs.
You will need:
- A tray
- Toy farm animals (I used schleich)
- Cocoa Powder
To make the mud you will need:
- Cornflour (1 cup)
- Cocoa Powder (1 cup)
- Water (2 cups)
It is simply a case of throwing all three ingredients into a tray and stirring until all of the ingredients are mixed together. If you want your mud to be thinker, add more cornflour and if you want your mud to be more watery, add more water.
Once the ‘mud’ had been made up, I then plonked some farm animals into the tray and let the boys loose.
To be honest my toddler was not interested in this activity at all, but the baby loved it. As predicted he ate some of it within minutes and although I wouldn’t serve it as actual food, I wasn’t too fussed if he ate some of it.
After a while the farm animals were rather mucky, so I filled up the plastic washing up tub from their mud kitchen with soapy water and we had a great time cleaning them all off. I used a baby sensitive baby bath for the bubbles, so that it was soft on Elijah’s skin.
I spoke to Elijah about the animals and made the animal noises as we cleaned each one. I incorporated a bit of signing into the activity as well by showing Elijah the signs for the different animals. If you haven’t been to any baby signing classes, I’d recommend the Sing and Sign app. There are some fun games, one of which includes lots of different animals and their accompanying signs.
We had such a great time doing this activity for #farmweek and loved learning about all of the different animals.
Note: All sensory and messy play activities should be supervised at all times. Neither I nor Our Fairytale Adventure hold any responsibility for any injury or damage caused while taking part in this activity.