I decided to do multiple weeks of F is for Farm learning activities & play before doing the Letter F Unit from The Peaceful Preschool because it worked out that we could attend the Indiana State Fair during this time frame. Below is a detailed account all of the activities & resources from our F is for Farm unit with referral links. Hope you find something useful!
I’m providing a list of farm toys you’ll be seeing in the pictures but please know that I do NOT advocate for spending lots of money on toys! Less is more. Don’t feel like you need the “perfect” item to tell a specific story: kids are so open and creative. Reading books, looking at real-life pictures & interacting with things in person is just as (if not more) meaningful as having the perfect toy or learning resource.
- Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Barn (includes cow, pig, goat, turkey, dog, sheep)
- Schleich Chicken Coop (includes rooster, hen, baby chicks, and a female farmer)
- Animals to supplement the Melissa & Doug set: baby goat, baby pig, baby horse, baby cow, baby sheep, duck, goose, barn cat)
- The Little Farm vintage Association Dominoes — search eBay if interested
- Melissa & Doug food groups wood food play set
- Wooden On the Farm magnet set
SONGS & GAMES
- “Hunt the Cows”
- “Here We Come On Our Ponies”
Finger Puppet Song: “When Cows Wake Up In the Morning”
- You can find a video example of this via YouTube. We do this song at our library story time so I got out some farm animals and had the kids pick which animal would wake up next. You could also use farm finger puppets.
Wee Sing Mother Goose Farm themed songs (for in the car):
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- A Boy in the Barn
- Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen
- Donkey, Donkey
- To Market, to Market
- This Little Pig Went to Market
- Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
- Little Bo-peep
Of course “Farmer In the Dell” and “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” are other favorites.
|Sensory tray letter formation. I first demonstrated how to write letter F using our Didax Educational Resources sandpaper cards and then I placed oats in a wood tray and had my son form the letters using his finger. Little sister got a tray of oats just to play with.|
|Letter F out of grains. I have both my kids spread glue with a Q-tip (holding it like a pencil) on to the letter before adding “grain” materials. They either sprinkle & spread the material with their hands, or place it in the sensory tray and shake the tray of materials over the glue-covered paper.|
|A to Z Farm-related items scavenger hunt. Super simple: Lay out A-Z cards and go on a scavenger hunt to find items that begin with each letter. We used this book and this book as guides.|
|Farm animal letter match. The cards are a free printable you can get here. I had my son first match the animal toy to the card and then use our movable alphabet to make the farm animal word.|
I will also note that the book 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm has SO MANY excellent counting opportunities!
Kitchen Scale Weighing Grains
Measure & weight out various “grains”: whatever you have around the house (In our case–oats, popcorn kernels, lentils, rice). This is our kitchen scale. I had my son measure out 2 Tbsp of each item into the bowl on the scale. We read the number together & wrote it down. I had my son pour the item into one cavity of a 6-cup muffin tin. Repeat. At the end, we compared the numbers and talked about which one was heaviest, and which was the lightest.
Red Barn Window Matching Game
Red barn counting and numeral match activity: matching the number of items to the corresponding numeral. I cut up pieces of a cardboard box into the barn shapes, painted them red and then used my Uni-posca medium paint pens to do the white part. The number cards pictured are via The Peaceful Preschool.
SENSORY PLAY & ART
|Farm animal feeding station using hay and various grains|
|Little Blue Truck themed farm animal washing station|
|Corn print painting. Roll some corn in some paint, and roll it across paper. We did this on the floor. And then painted with our feet!|
|Corn husk scarecrow: follow the instructions on making a corn husk doll in Farm Anatomy, except add a stick after you put the arms under the husks and hot glue that stick to a base at the end.|
NATURE STUDY & PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITIES
Farm animal products sorting activity
Make separate squares on a large sheet of paper (or 4 separate sheets) for cow, pig, sheep, and chicken. Free printable here for the farm animal product cards (print on cardstock & laminate). Book: The Farm by Alain Gree
Fruits & vegetables sorting activity
Baby Farm animals matching & naming
Farm families free printable from The Pinay Homeschooler
The book Baby Farm Animals is also helpful
Food, Animal, Tool sorting activity
I cut in half our The Little Farm vintage Association Dominoes for this activity. Try eBay for the game or you could make your own flashcards.
Chicken Study: Lifecycle, terms, & egg sampler
Chicken lifecycle free printable from Treehouse Schoolhouse. Toys: Schleich chicken coop. We also cooked eggs for a sampler: fried, scrambled, hard-boiled (I had my son peel & crack the various eggs). Books: Farm Anatomy & Food Anatomy.
Cow study: Dairy products
We put heavy cream in a small jar & took turns shaking it to make whipped cream, then did it again to make butter. Book: The Farm by Alain Gree
|Practical life: making seasonal-ingredient ice cream
Sweet corn flavored ice cream with a blackberry swirl
Recipe found in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home
The following are some real-world experiences we had during this unit:
Interact with farmers, observe what produce is in season.
Observe what fruit is in season & see fruit trees.
|Indiana State Fair
Pretend to farm, interact with a wide variety of animals, pretend to drive tractors, visit a Pioneer Village and see farming without modern technology.
To see live horses and how they are kept.
The picture is of a 150+ year old corn crib on the camp property where we live.
To pair with our visit to the Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair — witness how farmer’s in the 19th century lived & worked.