It’s not that I don’t like Christmas, I love it, but I refuse to start any Christmas arts and crafts until the 1st December so, with the excitement of Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night over I like to fill the gap with activities not related to any celebrations.

This muddy pig sensory play came about from our brown playdough from our Apple Tree Playdough getting wet and needing throwing out….but before I did I found a better use for it.
Messy pig sensory play

Although I thought this would be used more as a small world play set up the Little Tots had other ideas and it didn’t look like this for long!

You will need:

  • Brown playdough
  • Toy pigs
  • Oats
  • Shallow tray
  • Added extras such as somewhere for the pigs to sleep, fences, tractors, feeding troughs (I used seeds and an egg carton) etc.

I made the playdough using our easy no-cook playdough recipe and coloured it with brown paint which I find works better for darker colours. For lighter colours, I always use the Wiltons gels as they give such a good colour.

Messy pig sensory play

Messy pig sensory play

They did actually enjoy spending time pretending to feed the pigs and putting them to bed, however, this didn’t last long at all once they decided that the pigs’ favourite thing to do was to get messy!

Messy pig sensory play

As the playdough was already quite sticky from it being wet it wasn’t long before they discovered the oats stuck to it really well and created a lovely sensory mess.

Messy pig sensory play

Messy pig sensory play

Despite the mess, it did lead to lots of storytelling and discussions about why pigs like to get covered in mud…apparently, it’s to keep them warm in winter. One of my preschoolers even went on to draw a picture afterwards of muddy pigs in a field as she enjoyed this activity so much.

Messy pig sensory play

This is definitely not an activity that we could re-use the materials for as it was disgusting by the end of it. As I had used old oats (from 4 years ago) though I didn’t mind chucking it all in the bin when they decided after 45 minutes they’d had enough.

Messy pig sensory play

If you’re looking for some more pig crafts check out our Muddy Pig Paintings or our Paper Plate Pigs, both make easy pig crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. Or take a look at our Small World Farm in the tuff spot which is originally what these oats were used for. This was a lot less messy and played with for a whole week it was such a hit.

Muddy Pig Sensory Play fun messy play farm themed activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Messy pig sensory play

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