Milk A Cow
Ahead of time, make a pinhole in each fingertip of a latex glove.
a clothesline about three feet above the ground. Clip the prepared
glove to the
clothesline with a spring-type clothespin. Place a pail below the glove
low stool or chair beside it. To help the kids understand more about
a glove! Fill the prepared glove with water. Let the kids take turns
the fingertips of the glove as if milking, so that the bucket goes into
Place a different
animal sticker or cutout on the arm of each child where it can be seen.
one child to be "it." The remaining children stand in a circle around
the child who is it, who calls out the names of two farm animals. The
with those animals on their sleeves must quickly leave their homes in
circle and try to trade places with each other. The child who is it
get to one of their homes first. The child left without a home starts
round as it.
Big Bad Wolf
Choose one child to be the wolf. The wolf stands with its back to the
children pretending to be asleep. The other children are the pigs. They
at a starting line about 12 feet from the wolf. When the teacher says,
"Go!" the pigs try to creep up to the wolf without waking it. The
wolf counts to 10, shouts, "Freeze!" and turns around. The pigs must
stop and be very still. Anyone the wolf sees moving must go back to the
line. Repeat the game until one of the pigs reaches the wolf. This
start a new round, becoming the next wolf.
Crossing The Stream
Place two long pieces of string parallel to each other, about 12 inches
The strings represent the banks of the stream. Between the two strings
water. Have the children line up on one side of the stream. The object
game is for the children to take turns jumping over the stream without
the strings or the space in between them. Once every child has had a
the strings farther apart to make the next crossing more difficult.
children who "fall into the stream" may sit on the sidelines, moving
Duck, Duck, Goose
All of the children but one sit in a circle on the floor facing the
one child left standing goes around the outside of the circle, tapping
child on the head, each time saying "duck." After several times, the
child must say "goose!" as he or she taps one last child. This child
must jump up and chase "it" around the outside of the circle. If it
reaches the "goose's" spot first and sits down, he or she is safe and
the goose becomes it. If the goose reaches home first, it must start
Use masking tape to make turkey footprints on the floor. Put the
over the room. Play a tape of the song "Turkey
in the Straw" or some other farm music. Invite the children to act like
turkeys, strutting around the room and gobbling as the music plays.
music stops, the turkeys must quickly find a pair of turkey prints on
stand. When the music resumes, the turkeys strut around the room again.
wish, play this game as you would musical chairs, removing a set of
time the music stops.
Baby Animal Sounds
Select one child to be the mother or father farm animal. The best
choose would be sheep, chickens, or cows. Take the mother farm animal
remote corner of the room and have the animal hide its eyes. Choose one
of the remaining children to be the babies. All of the children must
their mouths, as the mother returns to find her babies. The children
be the babies make tiny baas or peeps or moos. The mother or father
very carefully to find the babies.
Place several plastic fruits and vegetables on the table. Using a toy
pretend to be the grocer and place a call to the child, who pretends to
farmer. Name two or three specific items for the farmer to place in his
toy truck for delivery. The better the child becomes at the game, the
items the grocer can request for delivery.
Select one child to be the farmer. The remaining children are the
farmer sits on a chair with his or her back to the other children.
one animal to tap the farmer on the shoulder. The farmer says, "Speak,
speak," filling in the blank with the name of an animal. The animal who
tapped the farmer on the shoulder makes the appropriate animal sound
farmer guesses the child's name. That child becomes the farmer for the
How Now Brown Cow
Make a different cow for each child and a duplicate set for yourself.
child a cow. Pick one from your stack and pin it to the bulletin board.
the children look at their cows. If the children think that they have a
to the one on the board, let them bring them up and pin them next to
Have the children examine the cows closely. If they match, have the
say, "How now, brown cow!" If the cows do not match, the children
should take the cow back and continue to watch for a match.
Pigs In The Mud
Talk about why pigs roll in the mud. Then have the kids cut out pigs,
splatter paint with brown paint to symbolize the mud.
Encourage the children to build pigpens for toy pigs. Encourage the
build a farm. Provide some toy farm animals to enhance their play.
farm animals, children can build homes the correct size for each animal
different kinds of blocks.
Have the children imitate the sounds of several different farm animals.
their voice and replay the tape so they can hear themselves.
A Verbal Guessing Game
Using small plastic farm animals, one child holds an animal under the
gives descriptive clues about that animal while other children try to
which animal he is holding.
Make farm animal puzzles for the kids to put together by mounting and
laminating pictures of farm animals and letting kids put them back
(Large Motor Activity)
This activity should take place in a gym or outdoors. One child
should be chosen to be the “Farmer”, he/she should stand half way
between each end of the gym. The rest of the children will line
up at one end of the gym. They will each be labeled as an animal,
such as cow, pig, or horse. When the farmer calls out that
animal, they must try to run to the other side of the gym without being
tagged by the farmer. If a student is caught, he/she must work
for the farmer and help him/her to catch the rest of the animals.
If the farmer yells, “Barnyard Upset”, every student must try to make
it across the gym without being tagged. After every student has
been tagged, the game may be started over, with a new farmer being