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By Sally GrayEarly Years practitioner and writer

Engage children with fun role play and creative activities investigating all the sights and sounds of the farmyard


Activities in this article:

  1. Down on the farm
  2. My tractor
  3. Cross-curricular activities

1. Down on the farm

Set up your outdoor area for some imaginary role play ‘down on the farm’

Communication, Language and Literacy – Language for Thinking

Development matters: Begin to use talk to pretend imaginary situations (40–60+ months).

Early learning goal: Use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences.

What you need

Your outdoor area; books about farms and farm machinery; large, wheeled-toy vehicles, such as trikes, tractors and trailers; large construction toys; garden tools.

What to do

With the children’s help, set up the outdoor area as a farm. Talk about the machines and equipment that might be found there and make some of those machines using the large construction toys.

Before the children play outside, spend some time talking about the jobs that a farmer does using his tractor and other machines and vehicles, such as grain sorters, milking machines, tractors and quad bikes. With a group of older children, make a list of jobs that need to be done on your farm today. Share some books about farm machinery with younger children to check their understanding before they play.

Pair up some older children with younger children and let the small groups play imaginatively on the farm. Join in from time to time to enhance their play. Remind them of the jobs that need to be done on the farm today!

Observation and assessment

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