We are very fortunate to live in the countryside and are surrounded by farm land. Subsequently, Adam loves farms. Despite having a speech delay as a toddler, he was able to say his animal sounds pretty early on. As a result of this love for farms, we have completed several farm related play activities. Take a look at our DIY Farmyard Sensory Bag, Sheep Shearing, Animal Balloon Herding and Adam’s second birthday party which had a farmyard theme.
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Old MacDonald Had A Farm was one of Adams first favourite nursery rhymes. However, he likes to choose an animal and repeat that verse over and over again. He gets very cross when we suggest another animal or ask him to choose. I decided to make an Old MacDonald’s Farm Busy Bag to help with this issue.
Our Old MacDonalds Farm Busy Bag was so quick and easy to make – in fact Adam made it himself. We simply used some wooden spoons and teaspoons, farm animal stickers, a farm yard picture and a recycled jewelry box.
I love recycled wooden spoons – you know those ones in coffee shops or takeaway restaurants. I admit that I have been collecting disposable wooden utensils for some time. However, you can purchase them too over on Amazon. Adam took a wooden spoon, peeled off a farm animal sticker (these would be great to use) and placed it onto the spoon. I demonstrated how to push down on the sticker to ensure that it stayed in place. He used the wooden teaspoons for the smaller animals. Setting up the Busy Bag helped develop Adam’s fine motor skills as well as giving him ownership of the activity.
Next, we needed a farmyard picture to use as a backdrop. As I am unable to draw, I turned to Twinkl for help. I printed off page 1 of their Farm Yard Picture and Questions sheet. Finally, we needed a box to store our wooden spoons. I cheated and recycled a jewelry box that was originally used for our DIY Puzzle. Adam had a great time decorating the box with the remaining farm stickers.
We laid the farm yard illustration on the table and started to sing the song. When it was time to choose an animal, Adam closed his eyes and picked a wooden spoon out of the box. Once we had sung about that animal he returned to the box to choose the next farm yard animal. He did not get stuck on one particular animal and was excited to see which animal he had picked out at random.
All of the resources fit inside the small box so they can be used time and time again and even when we are out and about. This Busy Bag would be great in a pre-school environment as a Nursery Rhyme song sack.
Be sure to check out the other brilliant farm inspired play activities:
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Farm CVC Words // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Farm Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato
Expressing Feelings on the Farm // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Count and Graph on the Farm // Sara J Creations
Pigs in the Mud Alphabet Match // The Kindergarten Connection
Farm Animal Puzzles // Powerful Mothering
Farm Play Dough Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Farm Washing Sensory Bin // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Farm Counting Book // Recipe for Teaching
Interactive Farm Book // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Gross Motor Farm Game // Modern Preschool
Farm Animal Sorting // Still Playing School
Farm Fence Number Ordering Mats // Fairy Poppins
Farm Letter Sound Matching Clip Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Making Farm Footprints // Pleasantest Thing
Farm Muffin Tin Syllable Counting Game // The Educators’ Spin on It
Farm Themed Old Maid // Stay at Home Educator
Farm Emergent Reader // The Letters of Literacy
Playful Farm Animals Hands on Math // Stir the Wonder
Farm Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Farm Animal Ten Frame Cards // Preschool Inspirations
Farm Addition Cards // The Stem Laboratory
Interactive Math Addition Book // DIY Farm Wife
Farm Animal Sentences // (Not Pictured) The Simplified Classroom
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