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Our family lives in an urban / suburban area, so we don’t get a chance to see any farms on a regular basis unless we make an effort to go visit one. Nonetheless, I think it is important for my kids to know about farms and farm animals and agriculture. In this post I’m sharing several farm-themed activities we did during our Life on the Farm unit.
Note: For more kid-friendly farm activities and printables, see my Life on the Farm Unit Study page.
Oriental Trading Company sent me two of each item featured in this post – one for review purposes and one to give away. These items were provided in exchange for an honest review. All activities using these materials were planned by me and all opinions are my own.
I frequently purchase and use items from Oriental Trading Company in our learning activities. What I love most about Oriental Trading Company is that they have such a great selection of low-cost materials for use with just about any theme. Because I have been a fan for such a long time, I was thrilled to receive four different farm-themed materials to use as part of our farm unit. At the end of this post you will have the opportunity to enter to win your own farm-themed materials from Oriental Trading Company!
Oriental Trading Company sent me a package of 500 Fabulous Foam Self-Adhesive Farm Shapes. I placed some of the stickers into a basket and set them out for the kids to create a mural.
They had so much fun placing the animals into “families” on the large poster board I hung for them. They also gave their fine motor skills a workout as they peeled the backs of the stickers.
They worked on their mural for nearly an hour, and ended up with quite the farm scene!
Make your own farm books
Using the 500 Fabulous Foam Self-Adhesive Farm Shapes, I had the kids create their very own farm-themed books. They chose stickers to put on their pages, and then used our lowercase alphabet stamps to write in the names of each item.
Farm animal patterning
I sorted out stickers from our 500 Fabulous Foam Self-Adhesive Farm Shapes for XGirl to practice some patterning. She was really engaged in this activity in part because she really enjoyed the fine motor practice of having to peel the backs off of the stickers.
Farm animal puzzles
When I saw these 3-D farm animal puzzles at the Oriental Trading Company website, I knew my kids would love them! Each set comes with four animals: a pig, cow, horse, and chickens.
We punched the animals out of the backing.
And then we went to work assembling them. The kids did their best, but found it quite challenging to put the pieces together so I had to provide some help.
But in the end they had a great time playing with their new animal friends.
Farm paintings with stencils and sponges
Another item we received was some farm-themed stencils. I set them out along with paint and little sponges for the kids to create their own farm paintings.
I showed them how to hold the stencil with one hand while using the painting sponges with the other hand.
Farm animal do-a-dot activities
We received a pack of farm animal dot marker activity sheets. For the sheep, we used white tissue paper squares and some glue to provide the sheep with a wooly coat. This involved both fine motor practice as well as work on one-to-one correspondence.
For the other animals, we used our do-a-dot markers to fill them in.
More farm learning resources
More farm posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Farm Printables Pack
- Farm do-a-dot printables
- Farm grid games printables
- Books about farm animals
- Farm Montessori activities
- Learning about farm animals
- Fall on the Farm sensory bin
For more kid-friendly farm activities and printables, see my Life on the Farm Unit Study page and my Farm Unit Pinterest board. Follow Katie @ Gift of Curiosity’s board Unit Ideas: Farm on Pinterest.
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