[Note: This post was written by KFDC contributor Katie Winter, an educator and local mom of two young children.]
As the weather warms up, local farms are opening their gates for visitors. Many of the farms have opportunities for kids to see animals, explore tractors and other farm machinery, romp in play areas, and run around in open space. Recently, our family enjoyed visits to Frying Pan Farm and Great Country Farms. (You can find even more farms in this post about Easter inspired activities.) And below are some ideas of ways we continued the farm fun at home!
Farm Sensory Fun!
Sensory bins are a great way to have your little ones use their hands to learn and explore the world through senses. Grab some farm animal figurines and create some farm sensory bins like the ones below. (Here are some larger farm animals for smaller hands.)
Farm Animal Washing Station from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Farm Sensory Play from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Here are some simple farm crafts to try with your kids.
Paper Plate Farm Animals from The Keeper of the Cheerios
Popsicle Stick Tractor from Hunny, I’m Home!
No Bake Sheep Grahams from Dancing Through the Rain
My children love farm books year-round. Even before my kids could say words, they would be able to mimic farm animal noises. Grab some barnyard buddies or finger puppets and act out some of your favorite farm stories! Better yet, have your kids try!