Playing in hay

A playbarn full of hay = some great sensory and pretend play!

Do you have any ‘go to’ places that you like to visit with your little ones? I have a few, although they have been under revision since having Baby E as I haven’t been sure if I could navigate them with two kiddies to worry about! Nearly eight months down the line, however, and I am gaining enough confidence to widen the net on our days out…

It’s great to rediscover old favourites – and even better to find that they have new and interesting spaces to explore. One of our local favourites has created a brilliant covered ‘playbarn’ area, with cheerful farm-themed murals along the wall, a generous variety of ride on tractors and cars, some trailers, wheelbarrows, brushes and – the very best bit – LOTS of hay!

This, it turns out, is a sort of playing seventh heaven for small children, including my own. Little Miss A was really excited to get stuck in, while Baby E found the whole thing absolutely fascinating.

First, Little Miss A gathered great big handfuls of the hay to fill a handy wheelbarrow…

Moving hay

Once the hay had been piled into the wheelbarrow, it was time to move it to the other side of the barn and dump it out all again.

Dumping hay

Then came the serious business of ‘feeding’ the animals…

Feeding the animals

Farmer Baby E supervised the whole process from her dinky little tractor!

Supervising on her tractor

The pretend play continued for a while, with Little Miss A filling and emptying many, many loads of hay in her wheelbarrow. This was obviously a major draw, judging by the other children absorbed in doing the same thing!

After a while, the sensory lure of the hay proved too much and she ended up sitting on the floor, ‘burying’ herself in it. (It was pretty much just my child doing that…)

Baby E was equally as struck with it, enjoying the feel of the hay under her fingers and, of course, trying to grab whole handfuls to put in her mouth!

Exploring the hay

With UK weather being what it is, it’s wonderful to find a covered area that still allows for great fun outdoor play. And the hay clearly provides for hours of fun!

Mud Mud Marvellous Mud - Outdoor Play Party

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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2 Comments on “Playing in hay”

  1. Coombe Mill says:

    It great to see your two enjoying some sensory imaginative play, it’s always interesting to see how they interact with the different situations they’re put in. It’s funny that Little Miss A buried herself in hay, it must’ve been a bit itchy! It’s cute to see Baby E enjoying the sensory fun too. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    • I know – only my daughter would bury herself in hay! I wouldn’t think it would be pleasant but she didn’t seem to be bothered, haha. It made for a lovely sensory experience for both girls, though :)


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