Last week, we spent one day talking all about farms – Old McDonald, animals, and barns!
Project: Big Red Barn Animal Puppets
Before we started our art project, we read Margaret Wise Brown’s Big Red Barn.
Materials needed: printable farm animals, crayons, craft sticks, glue
This craft was pretty straight forward. I had the kids color the animals’ faces and then I cut them out. Afterwards, we glued them on to the craft sticks together.
Music and Movement
We had three songs to listen to for music and movement.
For science, we watched a video about chickens.
I added a few farm-related items to our existing sensory box, including play food and plastic animals. The boys wound up going to the play area and adding a lot more items to the box by themselves!
For storytime, we read two more stories about farms: Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm and The Cow That Went Oink.
Virtual Farm Visit
The following day, I thought it might be cool for us to do a virtual online farm visit through Farm Food 360. They have tons of videos and virtual tours on everything from milk and dairy production, pig farms, egg farms and processing to dairy cow farms and grain farms. Unfortunately, the boys were not at all interested in watching the virtual tours and the videos were unable to hold their attention.
It did not work for us but maybe you will have more luck using them in your lesson plans! I, for one, found them to be interesting.
Hope you and your family are staying safe and sane!
* Background: We are all going through some chaotic and concerning times at the moment. On Friday, March 13, 2020, our family began our process of social distancing and staying put in our homes. That means we found ourselves with two preschool-aged children at home. I took it upon myself to continue their preschool education while we find ourselves coping with this change in our daily norm.