Farm Sensory Math Game: Your kids are bound to love this simple sensory math game that will have them digging for numbers while learning basic farming terms and concepts!
Recently we were sent two books (Casey & Friends A Year on the Farm and Big Tractors) and a friendly red tractor for review. Meatball is all about everything trucks, tractors, or trains right now so this was right up our alley!
After exploring the books (which we loved) we went browsing around Pinterest looking for some inspiration on how to tie the book A Year on the Farm into our daily activity.
What we found was this awesome Chocolate Play Dough Recipe from the Imagination Tree that with some modifications to fit our theme turned into hours of fun!
Items Needed for Your Farm Sensory Math Bin:
- Chocolate Coffee Play Dough (printable recipe below)
- Sharpie Marker
- Small Tractors
- Scoops, Cups, and Tray
- Seeds or Beans
How to Play the Farm Sensory Math Game:
Setting up play was incredibly easy. We made our play dough which was no cook in about 20 minutes(with a little helper). Using a sharpie we wrote numbers 1-10 on rocks from our yard. Then we added all that and our tractors and seeds to a simple crafting tray and let the kids do their thing!
Meatball started by scooping out numbers and asking which number they were. Eventually this turned into a game of can you find number ___?
He had a blast racing his tractors around the play dough and counting the amount of track marks. Once he was done counting his rounds he would pull out the corresponding numbered rock.
And once all the rocks had been counted and tilled out of his mud play dough we planted the seeds to grow!
He had an absolute BLAST with this activity!
Tilling for Numbers Chocolate Coffee Play Dough
- 2 cups plain flour all purpose
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup wet coffee grounds
- 2 tbsps vegetable oil
- 2 tbsps cream of tartar
- 2 cups of very hot water
Combine all of the dry ingredients into a bowl.
Add in the used coffee grounds and vegetable oil.
Stir in the hot water (adult only) and mix until combined.
When it has cooled a little, knead it on a clean surface until it loses all stickiness and becomes smooth and stretchy. No residue should come off on your fingers. If it is still sticky add a little more flour, if too dry and crumbly add more water, a tablespoon at a time.
Have fun and PLAY!
Adapted from The Inspired Tree House