The 4th of October is World Animal Day so we have teamed up with other kid bloggers from around the world to share the joy and happiness that animals bring to our children. Between 26th September and 4th October 8 bloggers have written a specially dedicated post to show how children and animals connect in play and love. Today it is our turn.
I wanted to share with you the many farm animal based play activities and crafts that have been posted on Adventures of Adam. Sheep, cows, goats, sheepdogs, pigs… you name it, Adam loves farm animals. However, there is one small problem. He hates the noise farm animals make. A trip to a farm is a bitter sweet experience for Adam. He loves looking at the farm animals and feeding them but as soon as they make a noise he runs for cover.
I wrapped a layer of white paper around 9 recycled plastic bottles. I attached a cow’s head made from black card to the front and stuck on cow print shapes around the bottle. We placed the cow bottles in a diamond formation and then rolled a small ball to see who could knock over the most cow skittles at once. This was a great activity for all ages and became quite competitive.
Using an Ikea stool we decorated it with cow print paper and added a cow face to the front. Inside the stool we attached a disposable glove filled with soya milk. The glove had pin pick holes in each finger. The children had great fun attempting to milk the cow without getting covered in the milk.
By drawing or adding card to the balloons, we created chicks, sheep dog, pigs and sheep balloons. There were 7 balloons of each animal. When the balloons were set free the children had to herd their designated animal balloons to a section of the garden. This was easier said than done, especially as it was windy!
Using the same Ikea stool as above, I attached contact paper to one side with the sticky side facing out. I placed rows of cotton wool balls to the contact paper and added a sheep’s face to the front of the stool. My two year old loved to shear the wool from the sheep. He took each cotton wool ball off individually and placed it into a toy wheelbarrow.
I made an outline of a sheep onto the non-sticky side of contact paper and sellotaped the picture with the sticky side facing towards me. I gave Adam a bowl of cotton wool balls and demonstrated how he could attach the cotton wool to the sheep.
Check out the other World Animal Day posts from:
27th september – Mother Natured
28th september: P is for Preschooler
29th september: Creative Family Fun
30th september: Living Montessori Now
1st october: Adventures of Adam
2nd october: Kid World Citizen
3rd october: A Teachable Year
What is your little ones favourite farm yard animal?