For the rest of January we will be doing a farm theme story times. This week’s theme was “What Can We Find on a Farm?” Our books this week were: Farm Life by Elizabeth Spurr, Giggle, Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin, Otis by Loren Long, and Moo Who? by Keith Graves.
Giggle, Giggle, Quack and Moo Who? are two silly children’s books. The kids always enjoy hearing how the farm animals get into trouble. Otis and Farm Life are more educational books. Farm Life helps with colors and counting while Otis teach children about being themselves.
For our songs we did:
The Animals on the Farm
How many animals are on the farm
How many animals are on the farm
Well, there’s one horse, and two donkeys, three goats on the farm.
Well, there’s four pigs, five cows, six chickens on the farm.
Well, there’s seven ducks, eight sheep, nine squirrels on the farm.
Well, there are ten frogs on the farm, ten frogs hopping on the farm.
There are ten frogs, nine squirrels, eight sheep, seven ducks, six chickens, five cows, four pigs, three goats, two donkeys, and one horse on the farm.
How many animals are on the farm?
Driving My Tractor
Driving my tractor down a bumpy road, in my trailer there’s a heavy load, got a black and white cow going mo mo mo, it’s a very busy day.
(Chorus)Chug, chug, clink clink too; chug, chug, clink clink too; chug, chug, clink clink too; it’s a very busy day.
Driving my tractor down a bumpy road, in my trailer there’s a heavy load, there are two grey donkeys going eyaw eyah, it’s a very busy day. (Chorus)
…Three pink pigs going oink oink oink, it’s a very busy day. (Chorus)
…Four white lambs going maa maa maa, it’s a very busy day. (Chorus)
…Five brown chickens going back bak bak, it’s a very busy day. (Chorus)
Driving my tractor down a bumpy road, the trailer hit a stone and I lost my load, the animals fell out and they ran away, it’s a very busy day.
Driving my tractor back home again chugin’ along down a bumpy lane, I get to the farm and what do I see, all the animals waiting for me!
Our games included Horse Leg Match and What Does Not Belong on the Farm:
Horse Leg Match
For this game we made a dozen or so paper horses in varying colors. The special thing about these horses is that they don’t have legs. We then took clothes pins and painted them to match the horses. The goal of the game is to take the clothes pins and add them to a horse of the matching color. This game helps the kids with color association and it is also great for practicing small motor ability.
What Does Not Belong on the Farm
This game is our large motor activity. For this game I printed out pictures of farm animals and animals that are not from the farm like polar bears, giraffes, elephants etc. I stuck the pictures on the wall but placing them on the floor would work as well. Give the kids a fly swatter and tell them to swat the animals that don’t belong on a farm. Not only is this a large motor activity but it will help them with hand-eye coordination.
Our craft this week was a paper bag puppet. Our story time kids created a cow but you can make any farm animal you prefer. Google Image has great patterns for this craft. You can find pre-made cutouts for almost any farm animal. If you want to make your own pattern it is easy. Sketch out all the pieces you want on a regular size piece of paper and outline them with permanent black marker.
For this craft you will need: crayons or markers, glue stick, a paper bag, and the parts for your animal.
We started our craft by coloring all of the pieces for the cow.Some kids went with the traditional black spots or brown while others had multi-colored cows.
Next let the kids glue their pieces onto their paper bag. Remember that the flap faces up for the mouth. A trick to attaching the tail is to glue the tip to the arm. That way it won’t rip off.
After it dries for a few seconds they will have their very own personalized puppet!