11.23.2011

Fall Lesson Plan ~ Week 3: The Farm

Story Time/Discussion Points
  • Discuss the different types of animals found on a farm. Discuss how they are different from animals found in a zoo or forest, etc.
  • Talk about farmers and the role they play on the farm.
  • Discuss how farms are important for all of us. That all of our food (milk, eggs, fruits, veggies, meat) has to be grown or comes from animals.
  • Review letters and have children try to name something found on the farm beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
  • Sing songs such as, "Baa Baa Black Sheep", "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb".


Field Trip Idea
Take your child(ren) to a farm or a petting zoo.



Skills Learned
Counting, Fine Motor Skills, Gross motor Skills, Nutrition, Knowledge of How the World Around Them Works




Art
*The templates used for some of the projects below were all hand drawn. I am hoping to have some printables available soon, however, you can very easily draw the outlines of everything you see here.



1. Baby Animals on the Farm: Talk about the different animals found on the farm and the names of their babies. Find photos of farm animals and have children match them to their offspring.


2. Potato Prints: Cut a potato in half. Dip in paint and let children stamp their paper with the potato. Some of the patterns from the potato are extremely neat!





Looks like a leaf!






3. Cotton Ball Sheep: Draw the outline of a sheep onto a piece of construction paper. Let children use white paint to paint the outline (some assistance may be required for very young children) of the sheep. Fill in with cotton balls.



4. Pink Pig: Draw and cut out the pieces of the pig (older children can cut their own shapes using preschool scissors). Let children glue all of the pieces together.



5. Corn on the Cob: Draw the outline of a corn on the cob. Let children paint the leaves green and fill in the middle with corn. Make sure corn is dry before gluing them onto paper.




Math/Science/Cooking

1. Pigs in the Mud: Let children cut out piggies from a piece of construction paper. Then on a separate piece of construction paper, let them color a giant mud puddle. Glue piggies onto the mud puddle and let dry.


2. Eggs in a Nest: You can find materials to build a bird's nest at any craft shop or you can find some of the items on your own. Bird nest materials usually consist of grasses, moss, small twigs, etc. (or you can find some of that stuff that's at the bottom of your fake plants and use that for this project! Ha!) Glue the materials onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock. On a white piece of construction paper, draw out five eggs and number them. Let children color these eggs any color they would like. Talk about how different eggs can be different sizes and colors, but show a photo of what a typical bird egg looks like. Then, let children glue the eggs into the nest in the order of each number.








3. Homemade Butter: This is a great cooking project for kids because homemade butter is pretty simple to make. It's heavy whipping cream and salt, that's it. I found a great site that breaks down the steps one-by-one (and has a picture for every step so you and your children can follow along). I have made my own butter in the past, however, have not yet had the pleasure of photographing and writing about it (I will for sure, though!). You do not need a butter churn, although feel free to use one if you have one. You can find the recipe here.



Dramatic Play

Using a brown sheet, let children pretend to be pigs rolling around in the mud...unless...you want to let them actually go outside and roll around in the mud. Your call on that one!





1 comment:

  1. Yet another reason why I love you. You are so amazing and creative!

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