Active play is my effort to combine what he wants to play with, with what learning to engage him in the learning process. I rotate toys in and our every few weeks, of course leaving the things he always wants to play with there (I learned that leasson I removed the dinosaurs! ).
For the farm theme I put out the following toys (which apparently over the past 2 years I have collected quite the farm animal collection of toys!)
The Farm Themed Toys
Metal Toys: Trucks and Tractors. These were my husband’s– aren’t they cool!
Duplos and Trains: These are always out. We combined our Duplos with a new set LEGO Brick Themes DUPLO My First Farm. I bought the Farm set because I really wanted the animals (notice how I said I wanted them! Yes, I play with these toys too, almost as much as my son.). He liked the tractor but the tractor didn’t come with anything to pull, luckily we had the LEGO DUPLO Number Train to make a long train to harvest our veggies. Make a barn with the Duplos. Use the Duplo flowers for crops. The Duplo farmer would harvest the crops and pull them on the tractor. Feed the animals/livestock. We already had the Brio Farm Animal Train and the BRIO: Animal Yard. Combine the Duplo barn with the train set. Transport the livestock on the trains. Combined the harvest flowers/crops with our trucks and took them to feed the dinosaurs (the dinosaurs are also our train repair team if a train derails, so they get very hungry!). Just a few examples of active play. All along I used various farm related vocabulary while I played what he wanted, which is trains, trucks and tractors.
Other things out: Fisher-Price Little People Animal Sounds Farm, Melissa & Doug Farm Animals Peg Puzzle, ALEX® Toys – Early Learning String A Farm -Little Hands 1486F and Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set.
Sample of some of the vocabulary I used to guide as we played:
- farm animals- sheep, pig, horse, cow, rooster, chicken, cat, dog….