Yesterday our friends from The Adequate Parent and 3 Kids and a Gluestick came over and I decided it would be a good opportunity to get going on our Farm topic with some more messy play in the Tuff Spot. Owl spent a long time carefully setting up the farm animals and fences, and then I added two large bags of oats, and a few shredded wheat. Some of the children helped to crumble the shredded wheat up; Tiddler particularly enjoyed this, and was happily occupied eating it for quite a while.
I set out some farm-themed books on the table to provide an alternative activity. I knew we had rather a lot of farm books, as it is something we all love, but even I was a little surprised at the size of our collection. In fact I think we probably have even more, as I only spent about 5 minutes looking and we have books in nearly every room of our house. It was fun to gather them all together anyway, and we will be using them for inspiration over the next few weeks. Monkey and Rabbit rediscovered some rather nice little stencil books and drew pictures of horses and farm animals. Rabbit also drew a rather lovely picture of a horse for one of her friends.
The children played with the farm scene nicely for a while, and then a few of them decided it would be more fun to throw the oats. So we moved the Tuff Spot outside! This meant that the children spread out a bit and found other things to do. They decided to fill up the play sink with water, and then inevitably decided to add some oats. They made a lovely mess and it kept them busy all afternoon. You can read another version of events here.