# Farm Games

A fun activity to do with preschoolers is to discuss the hatching sequence of birds. Then for math, get pictures of a bird (chick) hatching, laminate them, and have the children try to put them in order. Put the correct sequence numbers on the back so that they can check and make sure that they are correct. Our group loved trying to hatch the chicks and to see detailed pictures of the hatching process. check out these sites for pics. http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/chick/ and this is where I got my pictures- http://www.poultrysupply.com/poultry/hatch.html

Tactile Tub Farm Animal Math

Start by putting some bird seed or rice, etc. into a large tub or long pan (I bought a large rectangle tub from the hardware store. You can put it on a tarp on the floor or build a stand for it so the children can sit to it on chairs). Hide a variety of small plastic farm animals in the bird seed or whatever you selected and have the children find the animals for a great tactile experience. Have them identify the animals and make the sound each animal makes as they find them. Using plastic fences or blocks make small divided sections on top of the birdseed. Ask the children to categorize the animals by putting all of the sheep in one section, all of the horses in another section, etc. After the animals are all categorized begin counting each group. Have the children decide if each new group has more or less animals then the other groups. When you have finished counting all of the groups, have the children tell you which group of all of the groups had more and which group had less.

My own idea!!!

Using a tri-fold project board 1/2 size, create three sections, farm animals, zoo animals and pets. Labeling at the top of each section. Using clip art copy, and color a number of animals associated with the groups, laminate for lasting ability. Use Velcro dots, allow children to place animals in the appropriate areas. Remember that some animals can go any place which opens up discussion with the children. No wrong answers. I have also place a picture of a farm, zoo, and house in the separate sections along with the words. Children play with this center for long periods.

Write a number onto a piece of paper…like 6 then the word chicks next to the number. Have the children dip there thumb into black ink and press their thumbs onto the strip of paper…then have them add an eye..legs…and a beak…have them do these as many times as they need to match the number on the top of the page.

Sorting

Collect pictures of Farm animals and jungle animals.
Have children sort them in the math center. Then have them count which has more.

I give the children a picture of a different farm animal. (pigs, cows, hen, horse…)then the children have to make the sound of the animal and they have to find their match without talking, only making the animal sound.

• March 28, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Stickers Stickers!
Materials needed paper (of your choice, or if you are doing a particular color use that one) and stickers to associate with the theme you are doing.

What do to: When i was working with the toddler group and we did farm theme I bought some stickers of animals found on a farm, I made a farm scene on the paper talked about what animals are on the farm and where the animals belong. Then, I let the children tell me where the animals belong using the stickers and farm scene. It was fun to see where they put them.

• March 28, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Pin the Tail on the Piggy

Draw and color/paint a large pig on bulletin board paper and hand on the wall wither inside or outside. Use pink pipe cleaners to curl to look like pig tails. Let the children take turns pinning the tail on the piggy either blind folded or not. My toddlers were full of laughs as they were playing.

• March 28, 2018 at 3:32 pm

I made a recording of different sounds around my house and farm. I took it in and let the children listen to it and try to guess what made that sound. After about a week they were recognizing the sounds.

• March 28, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Gather pictures or toys of various farm animals. Show the animals to the toddlers one by one. Have them tell you what the animal is and then pretend to be that animal. Your toddlers will enjoy turning their classroom into a farm!