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Farm
Submitted by: Lynn, Tomball
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Big Red Barn by:Margaret Wise Brown
This book is a great introduction to animals and farm life from morning until night. It has great illustrations and rhyming text.
Cows In The Kitchen by:June Crebbin
The farm animals take over the farmhouse, while the farmer naps. This book is a great participatory book with children. I usually show the hilarious pictures, and sing the text to the tune of "Skip To My Lou."
Carrot In My Pocket by:Kitson Flynn
This book introduces children to a boy's life on the farm, while simultaneously getting them involving in solving the mystery of what happened to the carrot that was in his pocket. It has good illustrations and a rhyming text.
The Cow Buzzed by:Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
When a bee with a cold visits the farm and sneezes, the animals end up with mixed up voices. children enjoy the the animal sounds and the funny ending.
Songs
Old McDonald Had a Farm
See www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Cottage/3192/Oldmcdonald.html for song lyrics and music.
Note: The children love it when I use finger puppets and a hand mitt with this song.
Bingo
See www.scoutsongs.com
Shake My Sillies Out
More Singable Songs by Raffi.
This is not a farm song, but I use it at almost every storytime. It is a great action song!
Craft
Make a Paper Lunch Bag Cow Puppet. See www.daniellesplace.com/html/animal_crafts.html. I adapted this craft to make it simpler and eliminated the body and arms. The children enjoy coloring the cow's head and pasting it to the lunch bag. Preschoolers have a great imagination when coloring, so we get lots of different cow hand puppets.