This week the theme for Playful Preschool is the farm. This theme works well for us because we love to visit farms. We also have a membership to a local farm to pick produce. It is fun and educational each time we visit. We have experienced many county fairs and festivals featuring farm animals. The Sugar Snaps enjoy learning about tractors and farm animals.
They love the classic song, Old Macdonald Had a Farm. I was ready for a new song about animal recognition and sounds and decided to change the classic camp song, “The Other Day I Met a Bear,” into a song about farm animals. I remember singing that camp song when I was in elementary school. Our children are much younger than I was at that time. Now that I’m a parent, I am not crazy about the camp song’s mention of a gun. So, I took a total departure from the original lyrics and only used the tune.
It is tricky getting preschoolers to sing together so that it makes sense when you hear it. I learned this while we were practicing our new farm song. They were much easier to understand in in groups of two than four. Here is a video of Xayden and Ryder singing with me, in case you are not familiar with the tune of the song. It cracks me up how serious their facial expressions are.
You can include any number of farm animals in the song. It is a great way for preschoolers to practice animal recognition and sounds as well as follow instructions. They need to remember when to repeat back and when to sing together. I chose to end the song by meeting a farmer. This next video Clip is Capri singing the farmer verse with me. She and Grayson had trouble singing together so she did a solo.
I made a free printable for you with the lyrics:
Plan Your Learning Week with Preschool Activities for the Farm Theme
From the #PLAYful Preschool Education Team!
Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Art, Sensory, Songs and MORE!!!!
Farm Animal Letter Sounds by Mom Inspired Life
Learning to Write: Labeling the Farm by Growing Book by Book
Make a Who Am I Farm Animal Book by The Educators’ Spin On It
Corn Life Cycle & Sequencing Cards for Preschool by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
While at the Farm: Children’s Farm Song by Capri + 3
Farm Animal Counting and Sorting Sensory Bin by Life Over C’s
Farm Themed Count and Add Activity for Preschool by Rainy Day Mum
Corn Painting – An Art Activity for a Preschool Farm Theme by Fun-A-Day!
Preschoolers DIY Farm by Tiny Tots Adventure
Preschool Science: Duck Feather Experiment by Raising Lifelong Learners
Farm Animal Sort by Powerful Mothering
Wash the Farm: Fruits and Vegetable Sensory Play for Preschoolers by The Kennedy Adventures
Farm Activities Discovery Table by Little Bins for Little Hands
For further discussion on the topic of preschool literacy activities related to family, check out the Google Hangout on this topic.