Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Farm Animals

Book Suggestions:

Farm Animals by DK Publishing
Pop Up Farm Animals by Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Farm Peekaboo by Charlie Gardner
Touch and Feel: Farm by Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
Color Farm by Lois Ehlert

Activities:

Old McDonald:
Materials: Pictures of farm animals (optional), felt board farm animals (optional)
Description: Old McDonald is a toddler classic and a great way to learn about farm animals! Sing Old McDonald with your toddler throughout the week. Let them help you pick the next farm animal on Old McDonald's farm as you sing. You can also sing the song and show your toddler pictures of farm animals as you go. Another fun activity to do with Old McDonald is to make felt farm animals and display them on your homemade felt board as you sing. (Check out our blog to learn how to make your own felt board.)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize animals, teach your tot animal sounds, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot nursery rhymes and songs

Paper Plate Farm Animals Masks:
Materials: Paper Plates, paint or markers, construction paper, stapler, ribbon, scissors
Description: You and your toddler can make a variety of farm animals masks throughout the week. Have your toddler decide what farm animal they would like to make. Paint or color the paper plate according to the animal your toddler chooses (ex. paint the plate pink if you are making a pig mask). Talk about the different features of the farm animal (what does it's nose, mouth, and ears look like?). Cut out circles in the paper plate for the eyes. Make a nose, mouth and ears from construction paper and glue them onto the plate. Last staple ribbon or elastic to the back of the paper plate and tie it to fit around your child's head! Have them wear the mask and practice making the correct farm animal sounds.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize animals, teach your tot animal sounds, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot to imagine, teach your tot motor skill development

Pretend Play:
Description: Simply pretend to be different farm animals and encourage your toddler to join in the fun! Have your little one make the sounds that different farm animals make as they pretend. Skills Targeted: teach your tot to play, teach your tot to imagine, teach your tot to recognize animals sounds, teach your tot sensory development

Sheep:
Materials: construction paper, glue, cotton balls
Description: Talk to your toddler about sheep (how they look and feel.). Show them a picture of a sheep. You and your toddler can make your own sheep together. Draw a sheep shape on a piece of construction paper and have your toddler fill the sheep with cotton balls. Talk about how sheep feel.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize animals, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot motor skill development

Nursery Rhymes:
Description: Nursery rhymes are great for toddlers! Recite these farm themed nursery rhymes to your toddler throughout the week. You could also make felt board animals to go along with these nursery rhymes:
Ba-Ba Black Sheep
Little Boy Blue
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Little Bo Peep
Hickety, Pickety My Black Hen
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to learn through music and nursery rhymes, teach your tot nursery rhymes, teach your tot pre-reading skills

Feed the ducks:
Materials: bread
Description: Ducks are common farm animals. Take your toddler to a local pond or river to feed some ducks. Bring a long a loaf of bread. Your toddler will love seeing the ducks close-up. Talk about the ducks while you are feeding them. Maybe your toddler will even find a feather!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize animals, teach your tot animals sounds, teach your tot about the world around them, teach your tot to get outdoors

Eggs:
Materials: empty egg carton, construction paper or plastic eggs
Description: Before beginning this activity cut out several eggs from construction paper or use plastic eggs and put them inside an egg carton. Talk with your toddler about how chickens and ducks lay eggs. Write the numbers 1-12 in each section of the egg carton. Your child can put each egg into the egg carton to count the eggs and name the colors of each egg.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot number recognition

Farm Animals Charades:
Description: You can have fun acting out different farm animals and having your toddler guess what animal you are. Your child can also act out different farm animals and you can guess.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize animals, teach your tot animal sounds, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your to imagine

Pin the Tail on the Donkey:
Materials: large paper, construction paper, tape, scissors
Description: Before playing this game, draw a large donkey shape on a piece of paper and a donkey's tail on separate sheet of paper. Cut out the donkey's tail and put a piece of double sided tape on it. Tape or tack the picture of the donkey to the wall and have your toddler pin the tail on the donkey. Talk with your toddler about how donkeys live on a farm. You could play this game with any other farm animal also.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to recognize animals, teach your tot sensory development

Duck Duck Goose:
Description: Invite some of your toddlers friends over for a game of Duck, Duck, Goose!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to get moving, teach your tot to play, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to follow directions

Songs and Fingerplays:

Old McDonald:
Old McDonald had a farm
EIEIO
And on that farm he had a _________ (animal name).
EIEIO.
With a _____ ______ here and a ______ ______ there.
Here a _____ there a ______, everywhere a ______ ______.
Old McDonald had a farm.
EIEIO.

In the Barn:
(sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

The cow in the barn goes moo moo moo
moo moo moo, moo moo moo.
The cow in the barn goes moo moo moo
All day on the farm.

Continue with different farm animals such as:
The pig in the pen
The ducks on the pond
The hen in the coop
The horse in the field

I'm a little piggy.
(tune of I'm A Little Teapot)
I'm a little piggy
Short and stout
Here are my ears
Here is my snout
When I see
my food
Then I shout
Oink Oink
Oink Oink
Oink Oink
Oink!

Online Fun:

Coloring Pages:
Check out www.coloring.ws to print off a variety of different farm animal coloring pages.

Nursery Rhymes:
Check out Enchanted Learning to read a variety of rhymes and nursery rhymes about farm animals.

A Trip to the Farm:
Check out this online PowerPoint story about farm animals.

Virtual Farm:
Check out Toddler Toddler's awesome virtual farm.

Pictures:
View a variety of pictures of farm animals at Yahoo! Images.

3 comments:

Kerry said...

Thanks for the great ideas. We learned that bread is not good for ducks though. It is like eating a sponge and so we bought a gallon of cracked corn from Backyard Birdshop for about $5 and the ducks love it!

Teach Your Tot said...

Wow...I never knew that! I may have to go change that activity!!! Thanks for the great information! I hope that you are enjoying Teach Your Tot! :-)

Anonymous said...

very helpful with my daycare class.They loved it.

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