I recently set up a farm discovery box for the children to use during their free play time this week. I lined a shallow tote box with crumpled brown paper to represent dirt. (Tape the paper down if you don’t want it to move.)
Then, I got out all of our farm related toys, like our Fisher-Price Little People Barnyard (affiliate link), and set them in the box. I finished the discovery box by adding some field corn.
The children loved playing with the corn. They pretended to feed the animals and had a great time just manipulating the corn.
I set a shower curtain under the box to catch any spilled corn for easy clean-up. A sheet or tablecloth would also work well. Just know that the children will get the corn out of the box.
If you would like to use corn but don’t live right next to your uncle’s corn field like I do, there are other places to get corn. I have seen field corn for sale at farm and feed stores as well as some farmer’s markets. Some stores sell it off the cob in bags and others sell it on the cob. It is usually very inexpensive, but make sure you get field corn and not sweet corn.
This activity goes with our study of the letter “F”, so I found a book to go along with the farm discovery box. Farming (affiliate link) by Gail Gibbons is a nice story that gives lots of information in a simple way about farming through the year.
So, if you are looking for a frugal way to entertain your child a discovery box may be just the thing. If you don’t have access to corn check out this post on using beans and rice.
I just wanted to say that if you use this activity with children who are still prone to put things in their mouths please watch them carefully. My 1 1/2 year old loved this, but I kept a close eye on him to make sure he didn’t stick any of the corn in his mouth.
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