Old MacDonald’s farm is the one song all children will go crazy about at one stage or another. Our youngest son, Mr Fox, is now fully immersed in the ‘animal’ phase and it’s terribly cute. If there is ever a time to get out the Old MacDonald had a Farm story basket, it is now.
Have a look how we put together ours.
What’s in the Old Macdonald had a Farm Story Basket
For our Old MacDonald had a Farm story basket I used our good old handmade play mat, one of our Old MacDonald had a Farm sing along books and a bunch of farm people, animals and props to have fun with.
Kids go crazy about story baskets. They are dying to see what’s in there, simply can’t help themselves.
I can relate to to that though. I think it must be the toddler’s version of watching the movie of your all time favourite novel. Pretty exciting stuff.
Also have a look at some of the details. I’m one of those people who often thinks more is more, especially in small world play. You’ll often find crochet flowers, fabric scraps and a whole bunch of loose parts in there. Use whatever inspires you and is available to you!
Beyond the Old MacDonald had a Farm Story Basket
Story baskets are great ways to explore and expand on known story lines. Children get to actually play the story out, identify with characters and experiment with all kinds of situations and emotions. It’s a great way to give young children time and space to play and let play out what needs to be played out.
Story baskets are also very easy to set up. You can use what you have got and improvise the rest. Have a look at our other story baskets for more inspiration.
Story baskets are not the only way to tell a story. There are literally hundreds of book related activities out there. I’ve tried to collect the best of them in this article “12 Ways to Tell a Story“, which features over 60 story inspired kid activities. You’ll never be bored again!
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