The holiday months are here and I am so excited for all the fun things we have planned. We just recently wrapped up a fun week of FARM activities and I thought I’d pop in to share some barnyard fun!
We kicked off our week with a reading of Old MacDonald Had a Farm and followed up by acting out the story using these adorable retell story sticks. The girls had so much fun picking a stick and singing away!
Speaking of books here are a few of our favorite farm read-alouds that I pulled to read throughout the week! We especially enjoyed our friend Pete the Cat’s version of Old Macdonald had a Farm!
This Play-Doh letter mat activity was a HUGE hit this week. For this one, all you need is the printable sheet, Play-Doh, and letter stamps. We used our @playdoh shape and learn letters, but any letter stamps will work just fine. Kiddos will roll balls of Play-Doh and place them on the mat. Then pick a letter, identify its name/sound, and “smash it” to create corn. SUPER FUN!
This week for our sensory bin I decided to use TWO main fillers, dried peas, and popcorn kernels. Although I knew they would get mixed while the girls played I introduced the bin to them with these fillers separated. I did this by placing a small plastic bin inside our larger bin. This worked great and for the first half-hour it encouraged some awesome pretend play as the girls had a “grass” area and then the “fields.” Our bin also included farm animal puzzle pieces, play carrots, and a red cup full of hay.
This activity focuses on measuring the height of barn animals. For my 4-year-old, I set it up as pictured above and had her use snap cubes to measure and tell how tall each barn animal was. For my youngest, I just set out the cards and asked her to place them in order from smallest to largest.
If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m all about getting in letter/number formation practice in a fun way! Sheep shear is such a fun, hands-on way to build those fine motor skills and work on handwriting. Fill a tray with shaving cream and pair it with some letter cards for a great time!
Grab a shape and find its match! Use this activity to review 2D shapes. Works great in a center or perfect in a morning bin. I tossed our shape cards in a bin of corn kernels and had the girls cover matching shapes with mini erasers.
Looking for a fun way to work on fine motor skills and practice counting syllables? This was the first time my oldest has ever used a hole puncher and she couldn’t get enough of it. For this activity, I asked her to pick a card, say the picture name, clap the syllables then punch that many holes to match.
Ready for a delicious treat? Grab some chocolate pudding, crush some Oreos on top, then toss in a few animal cookies for an “animals in the mud” dessert.
A simple activity for practicing names. I printed the templates on colored paper for easy prep then wrote the girl’s names with a pen. They cut out the shapes, glued them to create a corn cob, and then outlined their names with glue and Cheerios.
This activity focuses on counting and number recognition to ten. Pick a card, count the animals and identify the number that represents how many by clipping it with a clothespin. Great for fine motor practice and number recognition.
These are just a FEW of the fun things we did during farm week and I can’t wait to do this theme again with my girls next year. All activities pictured can be found HERE as part of my farm themed resource and be sure to follow us on Instagram to see what we are up to on the daily.
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*All Engaging Littles activities REQUIRE ADULT SUPERVISION. Use good judgment when setting up activities.*