Life on the farm is a quintessential topic of study for preschoolers. Many kids, of course, grow up on farms. These kids have everyday opportunities to learn about life on the farm. But even city- and suburb-dwelling kids like my own should learn about farms because it gives them a connection to their current food supply. Plus, kids seem to really enjoy learning about farm animals!
Fortunately, there are tons of resources for doing a life on the farm unit study with your kids. There is no shortage of farm-themed toys, songs about farms, books about farms, videos about farms, and more! I did a farm unit with my kids when they were preschoolers. Below I’m sharing my learning objectives for our farm unit as well as many of the activities we did to learn about life on the farm.
When I plan a unit study for my kids, I usually have several learning objectives in mind. Here are some of the content related learning objectives for our farm unit:
- Kids will develop an appreciation for farm life and the importance of farms in our society
- Kids will be able to recognize and identify common farm animals
- Kids will know the mother, father, and baby names for common farm animal families (e.g, hen, rooster, and chick are all part of the chicken family)
- Kids will know the sounds made by common farm animals
- Kids will know what products we get from farm animals
If you are planning to do a farm unit with your kids or students, the resources and ideas below should help make your farm unit a success!
Your farm unit will be enhanced by including some farm animal and/or barn figurines. We own several of the farm-themed TOOBs from Safari Ltd and highly recommend them. We also own a farm set similar to this Little People Fun Sounds Farm. But there is truly a wealth of farm animal figurines and play farms to choose from!