This week, you and your child will learn about farm animals. Your child can learn:
- A farm is a large piece of land used to raise crops or animals
- Animals usually raised on a farm are horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, ducks, geese, and turkeys
- Farm animals are usually fenced in, so they do not stray or get hurt
- Farm animals usually have special houses such as sheds, coops or stables, to sleep in at night
- Farmers work long hours to care for their animals and their crops
- A group of cows is called a herd. A baby cow is called a calf.
- A group of sheep called a flock. A baby sheep is called a lamb.
- Farm animals help the farmer.
- Horses can pull wagons or farm equipment, although tractors usually do that now
- Cows give milk
- Chickens lay eggs
- sheep supply wool
- bees make honey
Your child will make a picture book this week. One day he’ll make a pink pig. Another day it will be a yellow duck or spotted cow or shaggy goat or brown horse. Then on Friday he will make the farmer. Gather all the animals together into your own book, beginning with the farmer. Then you can letter the words, “Farmer, Farmer, What do you see?” “I see a pink pig looking at me…” etc. Your child is sure to love his very own picture book that he made!
Do you know any one who lives on a farm? Try to schedule a farm tour during this week. Search online for farms near your area, or contact the extension agent in your county for a 4H family who might be willing to show their animals. If all else fails, some small zoos now also house farm animals, or you could at least check out a good DVD on farm animals from your library.
Five-Star Picture Books for Farm Animals week:
- Days on the Farm by Kim Lewis
- James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot
- Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
- Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
- Sheep Out to Eat by Nancy E. Shaw
- The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons
- Sounds on the Farm by Gail Donovan
- 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm by Gillian Doherty
- Tillie Lays an Egg by Terry Golson
- Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
- Like Butter on Pancakes by Jonathan London
- Over on the Farm: A Counting Book by Christopher Gunson
Quality Products of Farm Animals Week (optional)
- Melissa & Doug Farm Wooden Puzzle
- Melissa & Doug Farm Friends 32 pc Floor Puzzle
- Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Farm
- Melissa & Doug Farm Blocks
- Playmobile My Take Along Farm
- Giant Bucket of Farm Animals
- Let’s Go to the Farm DVD
The giant bucket of farm animals is a cheaper toy, both in price and quality, but that makes it perfect for sandbox play. The DVD is recommended only if you cannot schedule a tour of a real farm this week.
Preschool Lesson Plans: Farm Animals
Top: photo by Rick & Brenda Beerhorst