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Baby's First Books - Farm
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Infant • Toddler
I love animals by:Flora McDonnell
A girl names all the animals she likes on her farm, from Jock the dog to the pig and her piglets.
Big red barn by:Margaret Wise Brown
Rhymed text and illustrations introduce the many different animals that live in the big red barn.
Hey, diddle, diddle : a children's book of nursery rhymes by:Linda Bronson
* Mary Had a Little Lamb
* Hey, Diddle, Diddle
* The Itsy Bisty Spider
* Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
* Mary Had A Little Lamb
* Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
* Three Little Kittens
* Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen
* Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
And much more...

Old Macdonald
Note: Use puppets along with song.

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O
With a "moo-moo" here and a "moo-moo" there
Here a "moo" there a "moo"
Everywhere a "moo-moo"
Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O
With a (snort) here and a (snort) there
Here a (snort) there a (snort)
Everywhere a (snort-snort) %
Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a chicken, E-I-E-I-O
With a "cluck, cluck" here and a "cluck, cluck" there
Here a "cluck" there a "cluck"
Everywhere a "cluck, cluck"
Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Continue adding animals with their sounds
(When working with toddlers), it's fun to allow the children to take turns picking the next animal/sound combination.

Use pictures of the animals to highlight this poem.

In the farmyard at the end of the day,
All the animals politely say, ?Thank you for my food today?.
The cow says, ?moo?.
The pigeon, ?Coo?.
The sheep says, ?Baa?.
The lamb says, ?Maaa?.
The hen, ?Cluck, cluck, cluck?.
?Quack?, says the duck.
The dog says, ?Bow wow?.
The cat says, ?Meow?.
The horse goes, ?Neigh?.
The pig grunts, ?Oink?.
Then the barn is locked up tight.
And the farmer says to all, ?Good Night!?
The turkey is a funny bird. (Make tail by hooking thumbs and speading fingers)
His head goes wobble, wobble. (Wobble your head)
All he says is just one word.
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!
Here is the beehive. (Hold up right hand with fingers curled under)
But where are the bees?
They?re hidden away where nobody sees.
Here they come buzzing out of the hive.
1,2,3,4,5 (Raise thumb and fingers one at a time)


Similar to the fingerplay, ?Here is the church, Here is the steeple?.

Here is the barn (Make a barn by interlacing fingers of two hands inside palm of hands)
Open it wide.
Let?s go inside where the animals hide.
Here are the horses, here are the cows.
They?re eating their dinner and drinking right now.
They?ll stay here till night turns into day.
When we open the doors, they?ll all mosey away.
Out in the pasture, they?ll eat grass and hay.
The cows will moo softly, the horses will neigh.
This little cow eats grass (Hold up 1 hand, fingers erect, bend down 1 finger)
This little cow eats hay; (Bend down another finger)
This little cow drinks water. (Bend down another finger)
And this little cow runs away (Bend down another finger)
This little cow does nothing (Bend down last finger)

The use of puppets in your storytime can provide a non-threatening environment to children. I recommend Folkmanis puppets because they appear realistic. When working with young children it is better to have concrete objects rather than something that is abstract. Children soon assimulate the puppet image of a cat, dog, cow, etc. with the animals name and the sound they make.

Other puppets: I have made finger puppets out of beanie babies. Cut a small hole on the bottom of the turkey. Then, take out all the "beans". Adjust the hole to fit your hand. Try to keep the hole size small. Then stuff quilt batting as needed to get shape. Children love visuals and puppets add in their language development.
Remember, it is never too early to begin reading to your baby. I have provided several net sites that I feel are worth looking at.

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