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

Friday, November 6, 2015

Barnyard Hullabaloo

We headed to the barnyard for some fun on the farm...
We had to feed the horses and then we rode them around the pasture.
We read Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Carol Jones and sang the song over and over again.
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".
We had fun playing in our Small World Farm. 
It was fun to add farm animals, tractors and some hay to our play dough fun.
We read No Moon, No Milk about a silly cow named Martha who is bored with eating grass and being milked. She wants to walk on the moon...
Fortunately, our cow Bessie is still content eating grass and being milked. It was loads of fun milking her. Bessie loves to squirt! We had to be very gentle with her because she loves to kick as well!

With the milk and cream we got from Bessie, we churned our own butter which we had on crackers for snack.
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 filled up a sensory tub with ducks and water...

We do love our water play!
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 had some real lamb's wool to touch. We described it as "really soft" but a little rough.
We used cotton balls to print on sheep shapes!  We dipped the cotton balls in paint and printed on our shapes. We added clothespins for legs, some eyes, a nose and some of us added our own special touches.
Next, we told stories about our sheep.
LaRaelynn has a little lamb…
Once upon a time my lamb had a number ABC. Her name is Spookily Square Pumpkin. And once upon a time there was a sheep that had a pencil and she wrote a note that says, “Dear Farmer Brown, there will be no electric blankets.” And once upon a time there was a sheep that made a “W” and she messed it up, so she wrote another one. And, my sheep had a hole in her name. 
McKenna has a little lamb…
I noticed it was gray and Wyatt found me a blue rabbit for me. That is going to be her tummy. I found these little eyes and put them on. I found this brown button and I really found it so I put two of these buttons on. Angel found these cool things and I decided to put them on. I think my lamb’s name is Lamby. I chosed it to be a girl. She is soft. I think one more thing to tell… I accidentally turned two colors- black and white, and it made gray! Do you see the smile with pom poms?
Wyatt has a little lamb…
Her name is called Brooksie. She lives under the ground. She lives with her family- a mommy and a daddy and a grandma and a grandpa. She has trails and goes on adventures to find bugs. My lamb eats the bugs when they find them. My sheep is going to the farm. 
We read Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm
and then we got down and dirty with the pigs on the farm. We played in the mud. It was really chocolate pudding...
Mrs. Wishy-Washy would have loved to get a hold of us for a bath!
We read Dora's Eggs by Julie Sykes
and Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett. 
We had a basket of eggs and a carton for sorting.
We even had some little baby chicks to add to our play. 
Then we played "Foxes and the Hen". One of us pretended to be hen and the rest of us were foxes. The hen had a bunch of colored eggs- 6 colors. While she was sleeping (hiding her eyes), the foxes "stole" one of the eggs. When the hen woke up, she had to figure out which egg was missing. We took turns being the hen and the foxes.
We had such a great time on the farm!

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