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Down on the Farm Theme

Crafts & Activities
Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes

Printable Pages for Farm Theme

Crafts & Activities

Woolly Lambs
Cut 6 inches ovals out of poster board for body, then a 2 inch oval for the head. Glue head on to the body. Glue cotton balls on both sides of the lamb. Add googly eyes.  Clip spring type clothes pegs on for legs.  The lamb will stand! 

Animal Pickup Trucks
construction paper 
scissors, glue 
magazine pictures of farm animals & people 
milk jug caps 

Trace and cut out the shape of a truck from construction paper.  Assist children with cutting out a window on the cab section.  Have the children cut out pictures of farm animals and glue onto the back of the truck.  A person can be glued behind the window opening.  Milk jug caps can be glued on for "wheels". 

Farm Flap Books
Draw a large barn shape and cut out.  Older children can write story on paper cut just a little bigger that the barn door.  Younger children can glue animal pictures or tell you their story for you to write.  Glue the story down behind the edges of the barn door. 

Duck Finger Puppets
For each child, cut a duck finger puppet (pattern*).  Cut along the dotted lines and fold back the tabs to make wings.  Have the children draw on eyes with markers.  Cut out bill shapes out of orange construction paper and glue into place.  Then bend and tape the tabs together on each child's puppet to complete. 
*Note: Pattern will open on my Geocities site due to Angelfire placing banner ads along the top of pages causing the page not to print properly.

Turn Cardboard Box into a Barn
Cut door.  Have children paint sides red and roof black.  Make a silo by wrapping paper around a plastic bottle.  Add a cone shaped top.  Provide plastic animals.

Hide and Seek
Put out a group of different farm animals.  Children hide eyes while adult removes one animal.  Then children look and decide which animal is missing.  Hints can be given.  Continue taking animals away....until no more left! 

Let's Go Fishing!
Paste pictures of various animals on cardboard.  Put a paper clip on each.  Children "fish" with a magnet on a string for a picture.  They name animal caught, imitate the sound it makes, and tell if it belongs on the farm, in the zoo, or at home. 

Animal Charades
Each child in turn imitates a farm animal (i.e.. trotting horse, a waddling duck, a walking cow) and the rest of the children try to guess the animal. 

What Am I?
Clothespin a picture of an animal onto back of each child's shirt.  Child must guess animal by asking questions of other children.  "Am I big?"  "Do I give milk?" 

Felt Story Nursery Rhymes
All of the nursery rhymes below are fun to sing as you add pieces to the felt board. 

Finger Puppets
Use finger puppets as you sing "Baa Baa Black Sheep."  All you need is a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, and a little black sheep. 

Sensory Activity
Bring in a sack of raw wool for children to feel.  Make little sheep pictures by gluing clumps of the raw wool onto construction paper.  Draw on little faces and feet. 

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Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes

Farm Sounds
(Sung to the tune of:  "The Wheels on the Bus"

The cows in the barn go moo, moo,moo,
Moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moo.
All around the farm.

Additional verses: 
The pigs in the pen go oink, oink, oink;
The hens in the coop go cluck, cluck, cluck;
The rooster on the fence goes cock-a-doodle-do;
The ducks on the pond go quack, quack, quack;
The lambs on the hill go baa, baa, baa;
The bunnies in the hutch go (silently wiggle nose with finger).

Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen

Hickety, Pickety, my black hen.
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
Gentlemen come every day
To see what my black hen doth lay.
Sometimes nine, and sometimes ten,
Hickety, Pickety, my black hen.

To Market, To Market
   Clap your hands in rhythm

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig.
Home again, home again, jiggity jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog.
Home again, home again, jiggity jog.
To market, to market to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.

Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue
Come Blow your horn!
The sheep's in the meadow,
The cow's in the corn.
Where is the boy
who looks after the sheep?
He's under the haystack,
Fast asleep.
Will you wake him?
No, not I
For if I do,
He's sure to cry.

Baa Baa Black Sheep
  Repeat for the little girl who lives down the lane
   Sung to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full.
One for my master,
One for my dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full. 

Little Bo-Peep

Little Bo-peep has lost her sheep, 
And doesn't know where to find them. 
Leave them alone, and they'll come home, 
Bringing their tails behind them. 

Little Bo-peep fell fast asleep, 
And dreamed she heard them bleating, 
But when she awoke, she found it a joke, 
For they were still a-fleeting. 

Then up she took her little crook, 
Determined for to find them; 
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed, 
For they'd left their tails behind them. 

It happened on day, as Bo-peep did stray 
Into a meadow hard by; 
There she espied their tails side by side, 
All hung to a tree to dry. 

She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye, 
And over the hillocks went rambling; 
And tried what she could, as a shepherdess should, 
To tack again each to its lamb kin. 

Two Mother Pigs

Two mother pigs lived in a pen, (two thumbs up)
Each had four babies and that made ten. (Wiggle four fingers on each hand)
These four babies were black and white.  (Wiggle four fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black as night. (Wiggle four fingers on the other hand)
All eight babies loved to play.  (Wiggle eight fingers)
And the rolled and they rolled in the mud all day.  (Roll hands)
At night, with their mother,
They curled up in a heap, (Make fists, palms up)
And squealed and squealed
'Til they went to sleep.  (Tuck thumbs under fingers)

The Farm Yard

In the farm yard at the end of the day,
All the animals politely say,
"thank you for my food today."
The cow says, "Moo."  (Point to thumb)
The pigeon says, "Coo." (Point to index finger)
The sheep says, "Baaa."  (Point to middle finger)
The lamb says, "Maaa."  (Point to fourth finger)
The hen, "Cluck, cluck, cluck."  (Point to little finger)

Point to fingers on opposite hand for remaining animals:
"Quack," says the duck.
The dog says, "Bow wow."
The cat says, "Meow."
The horse says, "Neigh."
The pig grunts, "Oink." 
Then the bard is locked up tight, 
And the farmer says, "Goodnight." (hands together against cheek.)

Ten Fluffy Chicks

Five eggs and five eggs 
   Hold up five fingers and five fingers.
That makes ten. 
   Wiggle ten fingers.
Sitting on top is the Mother Hen 
   Lock fingers together, knuckles up.
Crackle, crackle, crackle, what do I see? 
   Clap hands.
Ten fluffy chickens as yellow as can be. 
   Hold up ten fingers.

Five Little Chicks
   This one works very nicely on the felt board.

Said the first little chick with a queer little squirm, 
"I wish I could find a fat little worn." 

Said the next little chick with an odd little shrug, 
"I wish I could find a fat little slug." 

Said the third little chick with a sharp little squeal, 
"I wish I could find some nice yellow meal." 

Said the fourth little chick with a sigh of grief, 
"I wish I could find a little green leaf." 

Said the fifth little chick with a faint little moan, 
"I wish I could find a wee gravel stone." 

"Now, see here," said the mother from the green garden patch, 
"If you want any breakfast, just come here and scratch!" 

Five Little Pigs
   Play this game on five fingers.

Five little pigs went out to play. 
The first little pig said, 
"Let's go to the woods today." 
The second little pig said, 
"What will we do there?" 
The third little pig said, 
"We'll look for our mother." 
The fourth little pig said, 
"What will we do when we find her?" 
"We'll hug her and kiss her and kiss her!" 
Said the fifth little pig. 

Ten Galloping Horses

Ten galloping horses came through town, 
   Hold up ten fingers and pretend to gallop
Five were white and five were brown. 
   Hold up five and five.
They galloped up and galloped down. 
   Gallop them up and down.
Ten galloping horses came through town. 
This Little Cow
This little cow eats grass, 
This little cow eats hay, 
This little cow looks over the hedge, 
This little cow runs away, 
And this BIG cow does nothing at all 
But lie in the fields all day!!! 
   Lay thumb on palm
We'll chase her and chase her! 
   Draw circles around that lazy thumb

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