"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Who's in the Barnyard?

We headed to the barnyard for some fun on the farm.
We read Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Carol Jones.
We also read  Inside a Barn in the Country by Alyssa Satin Capueilli.
Being a farmer and driving a tractor looks like lots of fun. We used a play tractor dipped in paint to "plow the fields".
Our water play was filled with rubber ducks with which to play.
We read the book Five Little Ducks

and sang:
Five little ducks went out to play
Over the hill and far away
Mommy duck called,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack,”
Only Four little ducks came back.
Three little....Two little...One little...
No little ducks went out to play
Over the hill and far away
Mommy duck called,
"Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
(quack really loud)
Five little ducks came wandering back!

We sang “Mary had a Little Lamb” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and then read the books by Iza Trapani by the same names- Baa Baa Black Sheep and Mary Had a Little Lamb. Some fun verses have been added to these traditional rhymes.
We used cotton balls to make some wooly sheep! We used a sheep pattern cut from poster board. We dipped the cotton balls in glue and placed them on our shapes. We added googly eyes and two clothespins for legs.
We read Dora's Eggs by Julie Sykes.
Then we played "Fox and the Hens". We pretended to be hens and somebody was a fox. The hens had a bunch of colored eggs- 4 or 5 colors. While they were sleeping (hiding their eyes), fox "stole" one of the eggs. When the hens woke up, they had to figure out which egg was missing. We took turns being the hens and the fox.
Of course we had horses to ride on the farm.
We had to keep them well fed with apples and carrots.

It was loads of fun to milk a pretend cow. Bessie loves to squirt!
With the milk and cream we got from the cow, we churned our own butter which we had on crackers for snack.

We got down and dirty with the pigs on the farm. We played in the mud. It was really chocolate pudding...
We had a pantomime game to play was "Who's in the Barnyard?". We took turns picking cards with farm animals pictured on them. Using actions and sounds, we pretended to be each animal.

Now it's time to harvest the crops and round up the turkeys for our Harvest Celebration!

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