Farm Ideas

I made a cow out of a metal saw horse. I covered it with a heavy duty paper tablecloth (pellon type), and the children glued spots on it. I made feet out of black construction paper. I used tag board for the cow’s face, and a rubber glove for the utter. You can fill the utter with milk, put a tight knot at the top, poke a few holes, and let the children “milk the cow”. We took photos next to the cow for Father’s day gifts. The children put on a straw hat, and a bandana around their necks. They also carried a “milk pail”. Cuter than you can guess! Try this (it is easier than you think).

During the week of “Farm” my students and I discuss some of the foods products that we get from the farm. During the day of ‘milk’ we make butter from whipping cream – (put a small amount of whipping cream in a clean baby food jar and shake until it forms into butter – spread on crackers and you have a delightful snack. After we make butter from cream I then let the children “Milk” the cows. These are hand drawn cows. I have used chart paper, and I draw them to be about 3ft X 3ft. Then I hang the cows onto a fence, fill a latex glove with water & milk, poke holes in the fingers of the gloves with a safety pin, attach the glove to the location of a cows utter, and the children then “milk” their cows! Kids love it, adults love it!! Enjoy!

For harvest week I took a large piece of brown cardboard (about 4′ x 5′) and I taped three rows of leaf vines. I bought them at the dollar store. Then I bought a dozen small gourds and “planted” them in our garden. In between the rows I put out to wicker basket for the children to gather the harvest. I put a sign on the wall that said “Harvest Garden”. I told the children they could harvest the vegetables then take them into the dramatic play area and make “stew or dinner”. Then when they finished they could go back to the garden and plant the garden again. It was really neat to see them pretend to wash and cut up the vegetables.

THE LITTLE RED HEN: We did a mini unit on the Little Red Hen. First we read the book and then talked about the consequences of not helping others. Each child colored a simple chicken picture. We then had them cut out the picture and glue a wheat stem in the beak. (I live in North Dakota – wheat is EASY to find!) We displayed our red hens on the bulletin board under the simple caption “The Little Red Hen”. The kids observed different forms of wheat – kernels, wheat stems, crushed wheat, whole wheat flour and wheat straw. They also acted out the story – taking turns being the different characters. And, of course, we made whole wheat bread from scratch! It was a fun and tasty week!

I Love Ewe (Sheep) Start by showing the children the sign for “I love you” (starting with all fingers out on one hand lower your ring finger and your middle finger). Tell the children that the name for a female sheep is ewe but is spelled different from the you in the I love you sign. Have each child make an I love you sign and place their hand on a folded piece of tag board (the fold should be near the arm just above the palm). Trace around the hand but draw the pinky longer to match the length of the pointer finger. Also erase the bumps from the knuckles and draw a curved line to form the back. Help the children cut out the hand and hold up so the children can see the I love you sign. Now turn the hand upside down and tell the children that they will be making a female sheep or ewe with their I love you sign. Help the children to glue the head and back on inside together (leave lower body and legs free). Then make small dime size cotton balls by ripping small pieces from a cotton ball and lightly rolling. Glue the outside body portion only (leave head and legs free of glue) Have the children put the dime size cotton balls on the glue. Turn the ewe over and do the same thing on the other side. Put a dot of glue on each side of the head and let the children put wiggle eyes on the dots. Spread the legs bending slightly so the ewe can stand up.

My Own Idea!!!

Make stick horses using paper bags for heads. Cut out eyes, ears, and a mane for the children to glue on. The mane goes along one of the narrow sides and the eyes go on each side of the wide sides. Draw nostrils on bottom of bag and a curved mouth at the corners of each of the wide sides below the eyes. Make the sticks with rolled up newspaper, heavy duty card board tubes (can make tubes by rolling up cardboard and taping with duct tape). Insert the stick into the bag as far as it will go and stuff bag around the stick with shredded paper leaving about 4 inches empty at top. Glue the stick where the bag will gather forming a neck. After gathering the bag around the glue, tie some yarn tightly around the neck. For a more decorative look you can cover the stick with contact paper. Help the children to think of a name for their horse and write it in large letters down the stick.