• Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam

Farm Animals Small World Play + Matching Game

Children have a natural desire to make sense of their world, to create order. Play is the greatest way for a child to process the world around them. This invitation combines two concept explorations to provide the best of both worlds with small world play and matching the animals figurines to printable images.

Small world play is simply when you set an invitation to explore where children use items to engage in scenes from their own experiences, environments, books, pictures, fairytales, or to expose them to new ones. Since the pandemic has put a halt to experiencing zoos, aquariums, farms, and trips, small worlds are perfect for exposure to different environments. Many small worlds incorporate sensory play materials to enrich the experience and make it more realistic.

In this sensory bin to create a small world farm I used recycled shredded paper, flat marbles, rocks, rice, wood rounds, farm animal figurines, and farm printable images.

Many children will start sorting and matching things without even being taught. This is a beginning math skill. It may seem that a big chunk of early math is about learning numbers and quantity, but there's much more to it. By matching and sorting, children understand that things are alike and different as well as that they can belong and be organized into certain groups. Getting practice with sorting at an early age is important for numerical concepts and grouping numbers and sets when they're older.

Combining an invitation to play in a small world sensory bin with a concept such as matching & sorting not only exposes the child at ease it is even more engaging since children learn best through their hands.

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