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BLAST Early Learning
Farm Animals

Books:

Duck on a Bike
Duck on a Bike  by David Shannon
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.
 
The Flea’s Sneeze by Lynn Downey

A flea with a cold startles all the animals in the barn when it sneezes unexpectedly

 
 

Rhyme:

Five Little Pigs


Five little pigs rolled in the mud
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good.
The farmer took one pig out,
Oink, oink, oink the pig did shout.

Four little pigs rolled in the mud…

Three little pigs rolled in the mud…

Two little pigs rolled in the mud…

One little pig rolled in the mud…

No little pigs rolled in the mud,
They all looked clean and good
The farmer turned his back and then
Those pigs rolled in the mud again.

 

Song:

Animals on the Farm

The pigs on the farm go oink. . .oink. . .oink
Oink. . .oink. . .oink, oink. . .oink. . .oink
The pigs on the farm go oink. . .oink. . .oink
All night long

The sheep on the farm go
baa… baa… baa…

The cows on the farm go
moo… moo… moo… 

The ducks on the farm go
quack… quack…  quack… 

 

 

Vocabulary Word:

waddle: v. to walk using short steps while rocking from side to side

Example: “[Duck] waddled over to where the boy parked his bike.”

(taken from Duck on a Bike by David Shannon)

 

Activities:

  • Paint your children’s toes with pink paint.  Then let the children press them on paper.  Now you can have them decorate the toe prints as pigs and make a farm on the rest of the paper.
  • Let your children paint with toy tractors.  They can run the tractors through the paint and then all over paper.  This makes really neat designs.
  • Use a milk jug to make a pig (put the jug on its side and the lid is the nose) and then decorate with paint.
  • Play various animal sounds from a tape and let your children identify what farm animals make that sound.  For further reinforcement have them match the sound with a cutout or figurine of the animal.
  • Cut out the shape of a farm animal (minus the legs) on colored paper.  Paint clothespins to match the color of the animal.  Have your children put the "legs" (clothespins) on the correct colored animal.
  • Talk to your children about where milk comes from.  Then fill a latex glove full of milk and poke small holes in one or two of the fingers.  Now the children can see how it is to really milk a cow.
  • Bring to your class the different things that pigs eat. You can even have them for snack if you want.
  • Go to your local feed store and buy horse pellets.  Show your children what horses eat.
  • Collect duck feathers from the local park or petting zoo.  Show your children how the feathers repel water by putting them on the table and squirting a small amount of water on them.
  • Get several raw eggs and place them into different liquids (vinegar, cola, water, kool-aid, etc.)  Ask your kids what they think will happen to each egg.  Put them in a corner then in a couple of days look at the different effects the substances had on the egg.

 

 

Literature:

Barnyard Banter

Barnyard Banter by Lynn Downey
All the farm animals are where they should be, clucking and mucking, mewing and cooing, except for the missing goose.

 

Punk FarmPunk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
At the end of the day, while Farmer Joe gets ready for bed, his animals tune their instruments to perform in a big concert as a rock band called Punk Farm.

 

PigsPigs by Gail Gibbons
Examines the basic  characteristics, common breeds, intelligence, behavior, life cycle, and uses of pigs.

 

HorsesHorses by Gail Gibbons
Presents information on horses, including their physical characteristics, behavior, and how to ride a horse.