Use this simple yet super-fun sensory activity to keep your toddlers busy. It’s easy to set up and provides hours of fun, as kids will love getting their farm animal toys “dirty” and then scrubbing them clean. Enjoy making this activity pop:
What You Need
- Plastic washing bin featuring two distinct sections
- Coffee grounds
- Plastic farm animal toys
- Soap and water
- Small, clean cloths for drying
How To Set The Activity Up
Add plenty of coffee grounds to one section of the plastic bin. The grounds act as “dirt.” Fill the other section with soapy water. Place the “scrub brushes” on the side of the bin along with the clean cloths.
How To Use The Activity
Instruct the kids to place the plastic farm animals, such as pigs, cows, horses, sheep, and goats, into the coffee grounds. Have them move the animals through the faux mud/dirt to get them “dirty.” Once the animals are “muddy,” instruct the children to take turns placing them in the soapy part of the bin. Hand over the scrub brushes so the kids can wash their farm animals clean. You may want to have a separate bin filled with regular water for dipping the soapy animals in. Once the animals are nice and clean, help the children use the clothes to dry their animals. Allow them to repeat the activity as much as they want!
This activity provides lots of sensory stimulation for little children. They not only handle the plastic animal figures, they experience the sensation of rolling them through ground-up coffee before dipping them in the soapy water. The vast differences between the coffee grounds and the water will likely leave the kids enthralled. You might even get a little work done or enjoy some personal time while they’re busy with the activity!