Sometimes the simplest of sensory and messy play ideas are the most effective. A while ago I set up a harvest sensory play and It was such a hit, I thought I would recreate it, only this time using trucks and diggers. This is a really easy and cheap activity to set up and keeps little ones entertained for hours!
You will need:
- A tray
- Porridge oats
- Toy trucks and diggers
This activity takes minutes to set up. Simply fill a tray with porridge oats, put some trucks and diggers on top and let the little ones ‘dig’ in! I like to allow my children the space to play independently, however there are a number of ways to interact with this activity.
Ways to interact with this activity:
- Discuss what the oats feel like. Are they rough? Do they crumble?
- Pick up the oats and sprinkle them back into the tray while saying ‘sprinkle’. This really helps with language skills.
- Create separate piles by loading up the trucks with porridge oats, moving them around the tray and then depositing them in a different area.
This is a really great activity to help promote sharing and teamwork. When I have set this up with one truck and digger both of the boys want to play with the digger, so I encourage them to take turns. I ask one of them to fill up the truck with the digger, while the other is in charge of the emptying the truck. After a while I ask them to switch places, so they both get a turn in using the digger. Alternatively when there are two or more trucks and diggers I speak to them about filling up the trucks ‘together’, so it becomes a joint / team effort.
*Note: All sensory activities, including this one should be supervised at all times. Neither I nor Our Fairytale Adventure hold any responsibility for any accident or injury caused while taking part in this sensory activity.