“What did the hen say when she saw the scrambled eggs? My children are all mixed up!” ~A Children’s Joke
Hehehehe! My kids love that joke, I couldn’t resist! They also love small world play AND baby chicks, so when I saw NurtureStore‘s brilliant post called Cheep Cheep Farm, I immediately knew we had to construct our own here at Small Potatoes.
I couldn’t find any little houses at our dollar store, so I had the smalls paint their own using little milk cartons and coffee pod boxes from the recycle bin. It turned out that this was a favourite part of the whole activity for them…I gave them acrylic craft paints to use so the paint would stay nicely on the waxy cartons.One of the chickie house painters (couldn’t have been MY son!) was a bit cheeky in naming his…Once the chick houses were all painted, we set about building the farm.
We started with two large baking sheets and a bag of steel-cut oats from our play cupboard. I added a “fenced yard” by using a wooden tray from our Melissa & Doug wooden lacing bead set…Here are elements (all purchased at one point, from the dollar store) we used in building our chickie farm…I gave the task of setting up the farm to my oldest daughter Coco, as she will rearrange anything I set up anyhow!It turned out so lovely, I wanted to play too!The little chickie play farm was a big success amongst the smalls. They played in it all day.
Chickies visited the houses…Nests were used for scooping and pouring…Little hands made oats rain on the little chickies…The oats were swirled and scratched…And the nests were filled time and time again with oats for the chicks to be “cozy in”…
All in all, this activity was brilliant and we will be back to visit our chickie farm time and time again! Thank you, Nurturestore, for sharing such creative and happy ideas! We are big fans!
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Easter to you all!
~Arlee, Small Potatoes
Ah I love this! We’ll be doing this next week- thanks for the inspiration x
Very nice, and great participation by the children. http://projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com
Have A Blessed Easter! Mtetar
Super cute! I love it– and so glad I found your blog!
Very cute idea. I may have to steal… 😉
We did this cute project……I will post on my blog our pics soon. Didn’t come out as cute as yours though…… 😀
you have a lot of cute projects, but when you are done what do you do with all of them!
We store the substrates and props for another day, or use them in another project…reuse and recycle! 🙂
I love this idea! What a great sensory project! I was a third grade teacher, before becoming a stay at home, and love how creative this is! I will definitely try this project in the future!! 🙂
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Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that
over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!
Hi, what a nice project. We will try once the kids get over the destructive stage. I love how you used the recycled boxes for houses, so simple and I would never though of that myself. Thank you h.