I took Miss Bee to a new playgroup today. It’s an outdoor farm playgroup running at our local school which is 5 minutes drive.
Miss Bee was immediately impressed by the entry point which is a huge genuine Farm gate hanging off chunky fencing poles. The set up was excellent with several large outdoor mats with a range of engaging play activities for quiet play or non mobile children.
The huge draw was the ducks which immediately delighted us by quacking. They free range so Miss Bee was able to go into their ducky house called “Duck Inn”.
Next she ventured to the wonderful playdough tray presented with natural materials (yes, just like I present dough at times! But different materials than I’ve used with dough.) Made me covert an outdoor tray for playing dough outside. I’ll have to source one. Plus a huge basket tray like that.
Then the chooks caught her attention. Bless her, she tried to offer to play ball with them like our dog. They didn’t seem to understand fetch. It was wonderful seeing her so respectful and gentle with the poultry as she didn’t chase it bother them.
Story/song stones inspired me too. We sang Incy Wincy Spider then looked through the other stones.
Musical options including up cycled pots and pans, wooden shutters and loose bells for ringing. Just look at that cute smile in the photo with the bells!
Water tank “easels” with paper- even the tank itself got painted a little.
It’s all outdoors, fenced and free range play. I loved it. She loved it. I think we’ve found a new favourite activity. The bonus was we invited one of her little friends who also loved it.