Letter Harvest Corn – Alphabet Craft for Kids

alphabet craftsWe love adding letters to plain old crafts and making them into an  alphabet craft. It’s a simple way to work on letter recognition and kids love it. This simple ear of harvest corn went from plain to rad with some letters. More importantly my daughter spent time with each letter making it’s sound, suggesting words that also make that sound, and really being engaged. I didn’t plan on her tracing the letters with a marker but I loved her suggestion. I always run with her suggestions because even though I came up with the idea this is HER creation and I don’t want her to think there are steps so much as options. So try adding some letter stickers to whatever you are creating to turn a simple craft into a literacy activity.

Gather your materials. You will need some watercolor paper, a pencil, scissor, foam stickers in any color but we chose to match ours, some paint ( use paint daubers if you want them to dry quickly), and some glue or double stick tape. harvest corn letter craft

Start by drawing an ear of corn and the stalks separately.letter corn craft

Time to paint. These Do A Dot Art ( affiliate link) really do dry quickly especially when you use water color paper. corn letter craft for preschool Kids love them too. My class and I just did a variation of this number art project with them and they painted for ages! As you can see I didn’t cut the pieces out. Over the years I have discovered kids will paint all the way to the edges if you leave it but if you cut the shapes out they will often paint in the middle only. corn painting for thanksgiving

When both are done you can grab the foam letters and play a little game of ” Can you find the letter…” while the paint dries. alphabet craft indian corn

Add on the letters. letter indian corn craftPeeling stickers of the backing is a valuable fine motor activity so let them take their time and only help if they ask. No need to rush. corn craft for kids with letters

After she popped the yellow letter stickers on she decided to trace the letters with a red marker. It took a lot of concentration and hand control. I thought it was rad. corn craft for children

Cut out and glue or tape together with double stick tape. corn craft farm craft for preschool

All done! Don’t forget to display it someplace where your child can see all their hard work!fall alphabet craft letter corn on the cob

Books About Farms

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Margaret_Wise_Brown_Big_Red_Barn

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown is one of my very favorite books to read to my daughter before bed although it took a while before she warmed up to it. I was worried because I loved reading it to my son and couldn’t wait to share it with her.  The story is simple readers see a day in the life of a big red barn and all the animals inside. Each animal is introduced in the seamless text that reads like a melodic poem. It’s  calm , soothing and Felicia Bond’s illustrations are perfect, I love how the sky subtly changes as the night beckons.  A wonderful book for anytime, but especially poignant before bed.

The Grumpy Morning

The Grumpy Morning by Pamela Duncan Edwards is a great book. I think I got it as a freebie with a scholastic order years ago, either way I am so glad I have it. The book follows all the animals on a farm as they wake up grumpy and hungry and needing attention from the farmer.As a parent I like this because it’s a great reminder that we need to feed our bodies for the day to be at our best.  As a teacher I love this book because I could talk about whining, and demanding and ask my students if there are better ways to get what you want.

duck-on-a-bike

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon tickles my funny bone. I love this book, the message is awesome too. Just because it’s never been done before doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try. Also how cute is a duck riding a bike? Kids even young ones get the message loud and clear as well.  The illustrations are amazing and your child will love the farm animals and the tractor at the end. Oh and please tell me I am not the only one waiting for “Duck on a Tractor” ? I’d buy it in a heartbeat !

11 Farm Themed Crafts & Activities

farm themed crafts and activities for kidsWe are headed to Texas soon and when we go down to Texas to visit my husband’s family we always take a trip to see “Bub’s Farm” which is really my father in laws small herd of cattle. My kids love it. So with farm on the brain I thought I would share our favorite farm themed crafts and activities for kids with you today.

Paper Plate Pig
Farm Sensory Tub
Paper Plate Scarecrow
Gardening For Letters
Sheep Craft
Egg Drop
Handprint Hen Craft
Turkey Feather Hunt
Pig Nose Play Prop
Animal Habitat Sort
Shape Scarecrow

21 books about farm animals

There are so many fantastic books about farms and the animals that live on them but we narrowed it down to 21 reviews so you can find the right ones for your little farmers. Check them out here.

Farm Themed Crafts and Books

Super Soft Sheep

Who doesn’t love the farm? Kids learn about farm animals early through books and songs , does anyone not know Old McDonald? These are great crafts and books to use any time of year with any age. These are some of our favorites.

Hand Print Hen

Bubble Wrap Corn Craft

Cardboard Mouse

Pig Nose

Shape Scarecrow

Books !

How Big Is a Pig? by Claire Beaton has fast become a favorite in our house around bedtime. I love the felt illustrations, the detail amazes me and helps distract me from noticing that I have read it 20 times in as many minutes. The story itself is great too, it focuses on opposites in the farm yard with a zippy rhyming text.

Updated  for 2010 –  at almost 4 my son still loves this book ( so much so that he wouldn’t allow me to move it to his sister’s room with the other board books) and now” reads” it along with me. Still a fun read at his age!

Big Red Barn Big Book by Margaret Wise Brown is the inspiration for this craft, and an increasingly one of my very favorite books. The story is simple readers see a day in the life of a big red barn and all the animals inside. Each animal is introduced in the seamless text that reads like a melodic poem. It’s  calm , soothing and Felicia Bond’s illustrations are perfect, I love how the sky subtly changes as the night beckons.  A wonderful book for anytime, but especially poignant before bed.

Bobby Tracey Campbell Pearson is a darling story about a Rooster who doesn’t know how to cock a doodle do ! He asks his barnyard friends but they are cats, dogs, cows and more. He learns how to meow , bark and moo! Eventually he does find an older rooster to show him the ropes but it’s the other sounds that end up saving Bob and his friends from a sly fox! Really enjoyed the book, my son thought it was funny and the message about learning about other languages is a lovely one to teach your child.

Even more Farm Books

Barnyard Craft

Raise the Barn

Popsicle sticks, ripped paper and water colors come together to make a fun and creative craft that brings the barnyard into your house. My son loved having many simple steps, I think the short amount of time each step took fit his toddler attention span. Painting on the popsicle sticks takes careful concentration and is a great chance to practice fine motor skills.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a large piece of construction paper, popsicle sticks, glue, construction paper ( for tree leaves) , water colors, water dish, paint brush and glue.
  2. Start by drawing a barn and tree with the glue. My son and I decided to make a square and triangle .
  3. Add your popsicle sticks.
  4. Rip the paper into leaves for your tree.
  5. Add more glue on the branches of the tree.
  6. Add the leaves.
  7. Grab the watercolors, and paint. With older children give them the challenge to paint the sticks without getting it on the paper, but I wouldn’t limit them to that after the challenge, allow them to paint it how ever they want. The Challenge is just that a challenge not a limit on their creativity.
  8. Let dry.

Books

“Big Fat Hen” by Keith Baker is a simple counting book with minimal text. What is lacks in words it delivers in illustrations. The rich colors of the hens, the golden hay and the yellow chicks were all expertly executed. We read the board book version of this and I would suggest that this is a book for that age, who will love pictures more and more with every turn of the page. The text that is included is rhyming and pleasant but the illustrations steal the show.

“Bob” by Tracey Campbell Pearson is a darling story about a Rooster who doesn’t know how to cock a doodle do ! He asks his barnyard friends but they are cats, dogs, cows and more. He learns how to meow , bark and moo! Eventually he does find an older rooster to show him the ropes but it’s the other sounds that end up saving Bob and his friends from a sly fox! Really enjoyed the book, my son thought it was funny and the message about learning about other languages is a lovely one to teach your child.


“Cowboy ABC’s” by Chris Demarest is a great book for any cowboy enthusiast. From Buckaroo to Tumbleweed, Guitar to Lasso this book take s readers through some common and some not so common cowboys terms and accessories. I liked it because it’s not your everyday alphabet book, with the same words used for letters over and over.