I love any opportunity to get the tuff spot tray out for a bit of sensory play. We recently visited Stockley Farm in Cheshire, which inspired me to set up something farmyard themed. We’ve done a few farmyard themed ones before, so I wanted to add a bit of a twist with this one and decided to make it as edible as possible… so here is our (partly) edible Farmyard Tuff Spot Play.
To make this (partly) edible farmyard tuff spot play, you will need:
- Tuff spot tray
- Paper straws
- Sticky Tape
- Animal Figures
- Farm themed toys (we used Duplo, Lego and mini tractors)
- Coco Pops
- Rice Krispies
- Cocoa Powder
- Baby Carrot Tops
- Natural resources (wood, leaves, etc)
How to make a (partly) edible farmyard tuff spot play:
Step 1: Create a cross to separate the sections by using sticky tape to connect the straws. Depending on the size of your tray, you may be required to cut down the straws.
Step 2: Once the cross is made and laid onto the tray, pour Coco Pops into one section. Then place a few farmyard animal figures on top.
Step 3: Repeat the above step into a new section using the Rice Krispies.
Step 4: Place the natural materials (wood, leaves, etc) onto one of the section and place some animals in-between / on top of the natural materials.
Step 5: Mix some cocoa powder with the remaining Coco Pops to create the vegetable patch.
Step 6:Cut the tops from baby carrots, small sprouts from broccoli and then separate the cress. Create the vegetable patch, by using these to create lines on top of the cocoa powder and Coco Pops mixture.
Step 7: Add additional farm themed toys to the area.
Our (partly) Edible farmyard tuff spot play:
The boys loved this sensory play and took no time in snacking on the Coco Pops and Rice Krispies. They created little scenes where the Duplo figures collected the ‘animal feed’ from the the vegetable patch into a wheelbarrow and then pushed it around the farm, feeding the animals as they went.
We worked on a project with Fisher Price last year where we reviewed their Caring for Animals Farm Set. Whenever we play with the set we pretend to get the animal feed from the ‘store barn’. The boys recreated this within our sensory play and collected Coco Pops and Rice Krispies to store in the ‘store barn’ for winter.
Although I tend to play with the boys when we first set up sensory play, I do generally leave them to it to discover different textures and create their own narratives. The boys recreated scenes from their day at the farm and then added in different things from TV programmes and books. It is so interesting watching them take things that they have learnt and then apply them to their play and is one of favourite things about open ended play.
*Note: Only some parts of this activity is edible. All sensory activities, including this one should be supervised at all times. Neither I or Our Fairytale Adventure hold any responsibility for any accident or injury caused while taking part in this sensory activity.