We 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.
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.
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.
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
Hand Print Hen !
We love The Big Red Barn, it calms me to read it before my son’s nap or bedtime and the more I read it the more I love it. So I wanted to do some sort of farm animal craft to go along with it. This is what we came up with. I love crafts that use personal touches like pictures and hand prints, and so do kids. They enjoy seeing how their hand prints turn into feathers and the crown on this chicken.
- Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard or heavy paper, some markers, 2 sheets white paper, red and orange construction paper, one googly eye, scissors and glue.
- Start by drawing the outline of a chicken .
- Trace your child’s hand on the orange paper- just once, one time is hard enough!
- Have your child color the outline however they please.
- While they color the chicken layer the white and red paper under the hand tracing .
- Cut out. You should have one red, 1-2 orange and 4 white.
- Hand your child the glue and explain that the white and orange hand prints are the chicken’s feathers. Add the glue.
- Add the “feathers”
- While they do that cut a beak and some legs and feet out from the extra orange paper.
- Add your eye
- Add your beak
- Add the glue for the crown.
- Add the red hand print for the crown.
- Add your legs and let dry.
“Big Red Barn” 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.
“One Little Chicken : A Counting Book” by David Elliot was a great library find. You count chickens as they dance all different styles, my favorite being the chickens who dance the hula ! The rhyming text is really fun and the pictures will make you giggle, I mean there are chickens in leotards doing ballet! Totally tickled my funny bone. The best part though is that it gets the reader involved after counting to ten, the chickens turn the tables stare at the reader and implore them to dance! One of my new favorite counting books.
“Silly Chicken” by Ruskhsana Khan is an interesting book about so much more than a chicken. It’s a tale of jealousy and love, and how neither are silly at all. In the story a little girl is jealous of her mother’s attachment to a chicken but things shift when it disappears. I think this book can open up dialogue between parents and kids about saying things you don’t mean , and how they would feel if what they said really did come true. My son read the book with me but the depth of the book was too complex for him. He still enjoyed the surprise ending and book overall either way.