Farm Animal Popsicle Stick Puppets Materials
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Preschool Lesson Plan: Farm Theme

Last week, we spent one day talking all about farms – Old McDonald, animals, and barns!

Farm Theme Lesson Plan
Farm Theme Lesson Plan

Art

Project: Big Red Barn Animal Puppets

Before we started our art project, we read Margaret Wise Brown’s Big Red Barn.

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Materials needed: printable farm animals, crayons, craft sticks, glue

Farm Animal Popsicle Stick Puppets Materials
Farm Animal Popsicle Stick Puppets Materials

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.

Farm Animal Popsicle Stick Puppets
Farm Animal Popsicle Stick Puppets

Music and Movement

We had three songs to listen to for music and movement.

Farmer Brown’s Cow – The Kiboomers
Grandpa’s Farm – The Kiboomers
All Around the Farm – Jack Hartmann

Science

For science, we watched a video about chickens.

Life Cycle of Chickens – Kids Learning Videos

Sensory

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!

Farm Theme Preschool Sensory Bin
Farm Theme Preschool Sensory Bin

Storytime

For storytime, we read two more stories about farms: Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm and The Cow That Went Oink.

Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowleyrs
The Cow That Went Oink by Bernard Most

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.

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