This week’s Discover & Explore theme is “Down On the Farm,” which happens to be a theme that we explored for the first time when the twins had just turned two. Today I thought I would round up our farm-themed activities for you all so they would be in one convenient place, and then you can check out all the fabulous farm ideas added by other bloggers at the end of the post for even more farm-themed fun! Click on the photos below to go to each individual post.
Farm Small World
Explore farm life through sensory and pretend play while building language with our awesome farm small world! You really have to see it…especially the pig sty and duck pond!
Sticky Sheep: Easy Fine Motor Fun
Give your little ones a fine motor workout while learning about their favorite fuzzy farm animal with this easy Contact paper activity. You can also work on the concepts of soft/hard and big/little by using different sizes of pom poms or cotton balls!
Muddy Pigs: Coffee Ground Painting
Here is a fun sensory and art activity to use when learning about pigs, our favorite farm animal. Have fun painting with our fragrant coffee “mud!”
Farm Finger Painting
Here is another farm-themed art activity- this one completely process-based. So much messy fun!
Farm Experience Book
Our most popular farm-themed post, this tutorial explains how to make your own experience books, a simple tool that is excellent for speech and language stimulation for toddlers or other individuals with emerging language. I used this tool extensively in my work as a speech therapist with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Discover & Explore Co-host of the week: Shaunna from Fantastic Fun and Learning
For the next four weeks, I thought I would highlight one of my lovely co-hosts so you can get to know them all a bit better. This week’s co-host of the week is Shaunna from Fantastic Fun and Learning. A former elementary school teacher with a Master’s in early childhoold education, Shaunna is now a work-at-home mom, teaching home preschool to her young daughters and their friends. Shaunna has worked hard to make her site a resource for both parents and teachers, and you can find themed units and book lists for a large variety of topics. I love how Shaunna incorporates open-ended exploration into her lesson plans- her site is a great example of focused learning through play! Once of my favorite posts from Fantastic Fun and Learning is this amazing Jack and the Beanstalk Sensory Bin and Story Retelling Activity…so creative and engaging for different ages of kids!
Please read the following guidelines for sharing:
- Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, book activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, free printables–anything that might be helpful to those wanting to put together activities based on this week’s theme
- By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels. I WILL BE SHARING YOUR POSTS ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND G+, so be sure you are following me so you don’t miss out!
- Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
- If you are linking up, please be sure to link back with the Discover and Explore button or a text link to help us get the word out and built our collection of resources to share with you!
The linky will remain open for a week and a half. Then all co-hosts will feature activities in a separate post on Fridays and share featured posts on the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board. If you aren’t already, please remember to follow us so you’re sure not to miss those feature posts. And don’t forget to stop by and visit my lovely co-hosts to see what they are sharing for this week’s theme!
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