There is so much to explore with a farm theme for preschoolers. Even if you don’t live in a rural area it’s still fun to learn about all the barnyard animals that live there and all the different types of food a farmer grows.
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Farm Activities for Preschoolers
Where Does Milk Come From?
Here’s a great YouTube video to share with your little ones, Where Does Milk Come From? In this cute 5 minute video, two kids on a farm, talk about what kind of cows give milk and then take you into the barn to show your child the process of where milk comes from. Since it’s a young boy and his brother narrating, it’s like a friend explaining where milk comes from, to your child in a way a they will understand it.
Visit Local Farms
In the fall, many farms are open to the public (maybe for a fee) and have FUN activities for preschoolers such as:
- corn mazes
- petting zoos
- pumpkin patches
- pony rides
Pretend to Milk a Cow
- Fill a latex glove with water and then tie off the end. Add a string and tie it to the back of a chair or other similar item.
- Print up a picture of a cow and tape it to the back of a chair (see below for your free printable of a cow )
- Put a container under the “udder.”
- Milk the cow.
- Make Butter and Whipping Cream
- All you need to make butter is to pour some heavy whipping cream into a jar and then let your children work off some of that energy by shaking it, and shaking it, and shaking it some more! – lol. The more it’s shaken, the firmer it gets. (You may need to eventually mix it with an electric mixer if shaking doesn’t firm it up enough.) When the cream gets firm, add a little salt (season to taste). You may want to add a drop of yellow food coloring to make it look more like the kids are used to.
- Whipping cream is made just like the butter above, except you add sugar instead of salt and no food coloring. ( Both the homemade butter and whipping cream make a nice treat for Thanksgiving dinner)
- Farm Scavenger Hunt
- A free printable of the Farm Scavenger Hunt is posted below. Print up one for each player. If you live in a rural area with farms, take a family ride and see if you can find all the items listed.
- If you live in a city without many farms, have your child try to find the items listed on the Farm Scavenger Hunt in the books you read together.
- Watch the movie Charlotte’s Web
- Popcorn on the Cob
- It wasn’t until a few years ago I even knew this was a thing. The corn you pop is still on the cob. You may be able to find some locally.
Farm Craft Projects
- Fingerprint Sheep Craft for Kids (Crafty Morning) is a cute farm craft project made with fingerprints.
- Painting with Tractors (The Seasoned Mom) is a fun way for preschoolers to create a cool looking art project made of tracks from a toy tractor.
- Muddy Pig (Tothood101)
- Print a copy of the Muddy Pig outline (pdf below) onto pink construction paper ( you may have to trim it a little to get it to copy paper size.)
- Mix some coffee grounds into some brown paint.
- Paint “mud” on your pig.
Farm Books for Preschoolers
- Let’s Go Visiting by Sue Williams
- Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
- The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
- Going to Sleep on The Farm by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
- This is an adorable book where a father explains to his son how the different farm animals sleep.
- Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? by Joan L. Nodset
- The Jazz Fly by Matthew Gollub
- This book introduces Jazz music mixed with farm animal sounds
- The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
- Millie the Cow Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier
Farm Songs for Preschoolers
- Old MacDonald Had a Farm
- Baa Baa Black Sheep
- 5 Little Ducks
Below you will find a link to a collection of more preschool favorite Farm Animal songs on Spotify.
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