Silly Animals

This week ended our Farm theme story time. This week our theme was “Silly Animals”. Our titles were: Click Clack Moo Cows that Type by Betsy Lewin, Tough Chicks by Cece Meng, and Sneaky Sheep by Chris Monroe.

   

 

All three of these books get the kids giggling. They are about different animals and how they get into trouble. The cows get a hold of a typewriter and form a strike, the chicks refuse to act like normal chicks, and the sheep are always misbehaving and sneaking off to find adventure.

For our songs we did:

Here on the Farm

A-B-C-D-E  Down on the farm’s where I want to be

F-G-H-I-J  Milking the cows and bringing the hay

K-L-M-N-O Where the plants from seedlings grow

P-Q-R-S-T Riding a horse across the fields so free

U-V-W-X-Y-Z But it’s time to say sweet dreams

z-z-z-z-z-z

Old McDonald Had a Farm

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O
With a “moo-moo” here and a “moo-moo” there
Here a “moo” there a “moo”
Everywhere a “moo-moo”
Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

(Continue with whatever animals you like)

For our games included Bean Bag Toss and Muddy Mess:

Bean Bag Toss

We did the bean bag toss again this week by request from the kids. For this game we take soft bean bags and the kids toss them into a basket two to three feet away. It is a great game for hand-eye coordination and large motor skills. Knowing that the kids like it only makes it that much better.

Muddy Mess

 For this game we used a large tub of sand and plastic toy farm animals. Before the program I hid a certain number of the animals in the tub. The kids then go through the sand and find the animals with either small tongs or plastic shovels. This helps their small motor skills through the manipulation of the instrument. Plus the kids love playing in the sand! 

 Our craft this week was a barn play set.  As I sometimes do, I went online and found a printable barn and barn animal set. The majority of this craft can be done by the kids. The only parts that may take an adults help are cutting out the pictures,  cutting open the doors, and cutting out the animals.

For this craft you will need: the barn and animal printouts, a piece of construction paper (any color you want), crayons, scissors, glue, and popsicle sticks.

First let the kids color the pages. It doesn’t make a huge difference which they do first. I had them do the animal sheet first so that when they moved onto the barn I could cut the animals out for them.

j Next have them cut out the pictures (if they can). If they are at an age where they simply have trouble, let them try cutting them out. Practice makes perfect and the only way to improve is to let them try.

After you cut out the animals and the barn cut open the barn doors. We are going to glue the barn onto a colored piece of construction paper to make it sturdier. The trick to the barn is to cut along the T.

Glue the barn on the top and the thin sides on either side of the doors. Now the kids have their very own barn play set!

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